Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral
Record Type:
Church code:
Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is not in a National Park

Conservation Area

The church is in the following Conservation Area: City Centre

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral
Exterior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral
Year / Date:
Archbishops' Council
Paul Barker

Summary Description

The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul dates from around 1430, but a chance discovery in a cutler’s workshop in Sheffield put the date of Christian worship on this site back to as early as the ninth century. The Anglo Saxon Sheffield Cross, a beautifully carved stone high cross, now sits in the British Museum, and is thought to have been the 'rood' (or cross) of the original church. Like most parish church cathedrals, Sheffield has been considerably enlarged since its elevation to cathedral status in 1913. However it retains more of its medieval heritage than many, partly because radical plans for a new nave, set at a 90 degree angle to the old one, had to be abandoned the day before building was due to start in September 1939, due to the outbreak of war. Sir Charles Nicholson was the architect responsible for what was achieved, working with Sir Ninian Comper on the very fine choir stalls, and using his usual tact to preserve the magnificent medieval tomb monuments alongside his modern changes. More recently, in 1999, the lantern tower was filled with an abstract stained glass design by Amber Hiscott. A recent large Heritage Lottery Fund project to improve access and better integrate the church into its local surroundings has now been completed, allowing the cathedral to play a greater civic role alongside its continuing tradition of worship. The Gateway Project includes a welcoming new entrance and improved heating, flooring and seating inside.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
The cathedral is open from 8am to 5pm every day and is free to visit. There are daily services to which everyone is welcome - check the website for details. The cathedral is wheelchair accessible. It has a shop and toilet facilities.

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

Paul Barker (2014) Exterior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral
Paul Barker (2014) Interior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 635001 Sheffield Cathedral
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 15 Bells [Archive/Index]
15 Bells