St Mary's Cathedral

History and Architecture

The Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary was built by one of the greatest of all Victorian architects, Augustus Welby Pugin, famous for his design of the interior of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.

In 2019 the St Mary's commemorated 175 years of service as a place of Christian worship and sanctuary in our busy city.

Some of the Key Events of 175 Years 1844-2019:

The building is especially notable for its:
— beautiful needle spire
— wall and floor tile-work (mostly newly-designed in neo-Gothic style)
— richly carved altars and Lady Statue
stained-glass windows (several of them recently installed)
— magnificent organ and choir gallery (built and opened in 2013)
St Mary’s is now a Grade I listed building.

Victorian History of St Marys:


175 years Anniversary events at St Mary's

A short Guide to the Cathedral (pdf)

The Windows

Video from above Cathedral (Thanks to Navada Group)