Manchester Cathedral

Architecture & Buildings

Europe, United Kingdom, England

Manchester Cathedral is a medieval church on Victoria Street in central Manchester and is the seat of the Bishop of Manchester. The cathedral's official name is The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester. It has also variously been known locally as St Mary's, Christ Church and, simply, t'owd church. Although extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period, and then again following severe bomb damage in the 20th century, the main body of the Cathedral largely derives from the wardenship of James Stanley (warden 1485–1506), and is in the Perpendicular Gothic style. Stanley was also primarily responsible for commissioning the spectacular late medieval wooden furnishings, including the pulpitum, the choir stalls, and the nave roof supported by angels with gilded instruments. It is one of the Grade I listed buildings in Manchester. Since 2005 the Dean of the Cathedral has been the Very Reverend Rogers Morgan Govender. Services are currently held on Mondays to Fridays at 9:00 am (Morning Prayer), 1:10 pm (Holy Communion), and 5:30 pm (Evensong); on Saturdays at 9:00 am (Morning Prayer), 9:15 am (Holy Communion), and 3:30 pm (Evensong); and on Sundays at 8:45 am (Morning Prayer), 9:00 am (Holy Communion), 10:30 am (Sung Eucharist) and 5:30 pm (Evensong).