The Metropolitan Cathedral and Basilica of St Chad

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, United Kingdom, West Midlands

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church and Basilica of Saint Chad is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham and province of the Catholic Church in Great Britain and is dedicated to Saint Chad of Mercia. Built by Augustus Welby Pugin and substantially complete by 1841, St. Chad's is the earliest building among those Roman Catholic churches that were constructed after the English Reformation and raised to cathedral status in 1850. It is one of only three minor basilicas in England (the others being Downside Abbey and Corpus Christi Priory, the latter now disused). St. Chad's is a Grade II* listed building. The cathedral is located in a public greenspace near St Chad's Queensway, in central Birmingham. The current Archbishop is the Most Reverend Bernard Longley. The Cathedral Dean is (since October 2010) the Very Reverend Canon Gerry Breen.