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Guildford Cathedral (Guildford)

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit is the cathedral serving Guildford in Surrey.

It has a superb setting on Stag Hill overlooking the city, close to the university.

The see was founded in 1927, and the foundation stone was laid in 1936. The war intervened, of course, and the consecration service was attended by Her Majesty the Queen in 1965. It is only the fourth Anglican cathedral to be built since the Reformation in the 16th century.

The architect, Sir Edward Maufe, wished to build a cathedral which would have the clean lines of the 20th century but would follow the traditions of those who constructed the magnificent mediaeval cathedrals.

The cathedral has a cruciform design, with a central tower, and there is a crypt beneath the Lady Chapel.

Above the doors on the West Front are stone carvings representing saints. These were the creation of Charles Gurrey

There is an excellent tea room and shop in a building beside the cathedral.

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