Cathedral Church of St German (Peel)

Cathedral Church of St German (Peel)
Record Type:
Church code:
Sodor & Man
Isle of Man
Cathedral parish

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: Peel Conservation Area

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

Peel Cathedral - West End
Peel Cathedral - West End
View of the west end, with Peel War memorial in the foreground
Year / Date:
E de Legh-Runciman
E de Legh-Runciman

Summary Description

The Cathedral has been built to a cruciform plan with north and south transepts and aisles, two vestries at the eastern end either side of an elongated semi-hexagonal apse and a tower at the north western end. The walls are in coursed red sandstone quarry faced block with dressed stone to the quoins, door and window openings and other features. The main roof is to a scissor truss design with deep-arched-braces under, resting on corbels with three purlins in each slope. The aisle roofs are single pitch with purlins and braces on the outer walls taken from corbels and in the inner walls from pitching plates. The transepts have scissor rafter roofs with puncheons going down the wall plates. The main entrance at the north western corner of the building forms part of the tower, and has double entrance doors and quarry tiled floor. The inner doors connect to a glazed porch in the nave. The font is at the western end of the nave and has a square stone polypod front with marble legs and a simple oak and wrought iron cover. The columns between the nave and the aisles are in hard sandstone alternating in section in octagonal and circular form with varying style capitals upon which rest pointed equilateral arches. In the south western corner of the nave is a secondary access porch. The choir stalls replaced earlier ones in 1935. In the crossing is a carved Caen stone pulpit with ornamented panels supported by marble columns with a sounding board over. The blind arch fronting the north vestry in the north transept has an oak screen. The organ is in located behind the choir on the south side with access by a door that also leads via a corridor to the south vestry.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
The Cathedral is open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 3786 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 15
E de Legh-Runciman (09/07/2020) Peel Cathedral - West End [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Peel Cathedral - West End
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 8 Bells [Archive/Index]
8 Bells