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a Cathedral in the town of Lancaster, in the county of Lancashire

About Lancaster Cathedral

This may not be as old as other English cathedral churches, but with its soaring spire reaching to a height of 240 feet and a peal of 10 bells, this lovely Roman Catholic cathedral cannot fail but impress.

The church was built after substantial donations had been raised during 1856, the foundation stone was laid in April 1857 and in just over two years the church was completed. It was consecrated and dedicated to St. Peter, prince of the Apostles on October 4, 1859, in a service led by Dr.Goss the then Bishop of Lancaster, who had also laid the foundation stone.

The church is built in the elegant neo-gothic church style to a design by E.G. Paley of Lancaster. In 1909 a new baptistery was added to the building and the High Altar was enhanced by Giles Gilbert Scott. Following this, in 1924 the church was raised to cathedral status, and most latterly at the end of the last century it under went a programme of major restoration and redecoration, this included a new Altar.

One of the loveliest parts of the church is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the east end of the building, this shows a Triptych surrounded by intricate fresco work of angels and saints. There is an elaborate screen in the chancel, and note-worthy stained glass windows depicting the life of Saint Peter. In the Baptistery the fine groined roof in notable, as is the beautiful Connemara marble Font and stained glass window by a local Lancaster firm. There is a peaceful Lady Chapel and a chapel dedicated to St.Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan in the 16th century. The cathedral also possesses an impressive statue of Saint Peter and a magnificent organ.

St.Peter's Cathedral is regarded by many to be E.G. Paley's finest work, it is also one of the few Roman Catholic churches to have a peal of 10 bells.

The cathedral hosts concerts and events, it has a book shop selling religious items and souvenirs, and it's lovely exterior is surrounded by a pleasant churchyard where you can see ancient headstones and tombs.

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