Grade I listed cathedral dating all the way back to the start of the 13th century, located in Sheffield's city centre.
ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL
Sheffield Cathedral, officially the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul, is a cathedral church in Sheffield City Centre, at the head of Fargate, Sheffield’s main high street. Originally a parish church, it was elevated to cathedral status in 1914, under the Church of England’s Diocese of Sheffield. It is a Grade I listed building.
The site of the cathedral has been a Christian site as far back as the 9th century, when it was believed to have sited the Sheffield Cross – an Anglo-Saxon artefact now housed in the British Museum. The building has existed in various forms since the 1200s, resulting in an unusual mix between modernist and gothic medieval architecture. It was majorly refurbished under the Victorian Restoration, a project of restoring Anglican churches across England and Wales in the 19th century. The latest building work was completed in 1966, and the most recent interior and exterior refurbishment took place in 2013 and 2014.
The Cathedral itself has survived multiple fires – an arson attack in 1979 did extensive damage to the bell-tower, but the spire was narrowly saved thanks to the efforts of Sheffield firefighters. Another fire broke out in May 2020, but again was prevented from spreading by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, resulting in only minor damage.
In 2015, the Royal Maundy service took place at Sheffield Cathedral. The Royal Maundy is an Anglican service, taking place the day before Good Friday, in which the ruling monarch distributes small amounts of symbolic ‘Maundy money’ to elderly recipients. Over 12,000 people travelled to Sheffield to witness the service being performed by Queen Elizabeth II.
Today, the cathedral holds regular prayer services and Holy Communion on Sundays. It has a set of 12 bells for change ringing, where the bells are rung across the city for Sunday services, with practice ringing taking place on Thursdays. It hosts events and school visits, has meeting rooms for hire, and has an extensive gift shop and a café.
The Cathedral is also home to the Archer Project, a charity that provides facilities to local homeless people, including laundry and showers, computer access, and a full kitchen. The charity has received support from local sports teams, and during the outbreak of the Covid pandemic, they distributed 180 meals a day to Sheffield’s homeless.
Just outside the Cathedral is the Cathedral tram stop, which has been operational since 1994, and serves all four lines of the Sheffield Supertram network, allowing speedy transportation across the whole city.
An interactive 3D tour of the cathedral is available on their website: