Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral
Organisation 
Email 
michelle.ford@southwark.anglican.org
Telephone number 
02073676749
Contact Name 
Michelle Ford
Address / Location 
London Bridge, London, SE1 9DA

Our rule of life is centred on a commitment to: worship, study and service. 

We believe there has been a church on this site since AD 606. There may well have been a church here even earlier. Southwark Cathedral is the oldest cathedral church building in London, and archaeological evidence shows there was Roman pagan worship here well before that.

Significantly, Southwark stands at the oldest crossing point of the tidal Thames at what was the only entrance to the City of London across the river for many centuries. It is not only a place of worship but also of hospitality to every kind of person: princes and paupers, prelates and prostitutes, poets, playwrights, prisoners and patients have all found refuge here.