Saint Columb's Cathedral For EHOD 2019

Londonderry/Derry, 14 Sep 2019

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London Street, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RQ

Saint Columb's Cathedral is the City of Londonderry's oldest and most historic building. Construction work began in 1628 and the stone which records completion is to be seen in the porch of the Cathedral:

"lf stones could speake Then London’s prayse should sounde who built this church and cittie from the grounde".

Saint Columb's is the first Cathedral in the British Isles to have been built after the Reformation and is a fine example of 'Planter's Gothic'. There was practically no change in the appearance of the building from 1633 to 1776 when the Bishop of Derry (the 4th Earl of Bristol) added 21 feet to the tower, and placed above this a very tall and graceful stone spire, making a total height of 221 feet, but about 20 years afterwards, his addition to the tower showed signs of giving way and the whole was taken down and rebuilt, the tower being completed in 1802 and the spire being added about 20 years later.

In 1861/2 the interior of the Cathedral was entirely re-modelled, the old square pews were removed, and all the present oak work of the nave was provided, and the galleries in the aisles taken away. Many other improvements were made in the ornaments and furnishings of the building.

The addition of the chancel in 1887 completed the Cathedral on the plan of its founders. The erection of the Chapter House in 1910 not only provided much needed accommodation for the clergy and choir, but also added greatly to the external appearance of the Cathedral.

Opening times

Sat: 09:15 - 17:00
Sun: Closed