Behind the scenes at Guildford Cathedral – FULLY BOOKED

17th April 2018, 10:30 - 14:30

Come and spend a day with the Surrey Hills Society exploring this iconic Surrey Hills building – the newest Cathedral in England and an Art Deco gem. Started in 1936, it was only partly completed before WW2. It took a huge community effort to get the building completed in 1961. In the 1950s a “buy a brick” scheme was used to raise funds for construction, to great success. Each brick cost 2s 6d and entitled the buyer to sign their name on the brick. The Queen and Prince Philip both signed bricks, which are on display inside the cathedral.

The Cathedral Church of the Holy Spirit, Guildford is the Anglican cathedral at Guildford, Surrey, England. The land for the project was donated by Lord Onslow with a covenant for this purpose. Designed by famous architect, Sir Edward Maufe, it is the seat of the Diocese of Guildford. Writing in 1932, Sir Edward Maufe said: ‘The ideal has been to produce a design, definitely of our own time, yet in the line of the great English Cathedrals; to build anew on tradition, to rely on proportion, mass, volume and line rather than on elaboration and ornament.”

It stands in a commanding spot on Stag Hill — so named because the Kings of England used to hunt there. Its solid red brick outline is visible for miles around. Its bricks are made from clay taken from the hill on which it stands.

We will enjoy coffee in the refectory before our private tour of the dramatic and newly refurbished cathedral. You will also have a rare opportunity to explore the tower.  We will climb the 249 steps of the Cathedral Tower, visit the bell ringing chamber and be rewarded with one of the best view in Surrey.

The cost will be £14 for members, and £16 for non-members, which includes coffee on arrival, entrance fees and guided tour fees. This visit is not aimed at children, and obviously dogs are not allowed.

Booking is essential. If you would like to join us, you please book your space online at the bottom of the page or complete and return the downloadable slip below before Friday 6th April 2018. Please include your e-mail address or a stamped addressed envelope so you may be sent full details, directions and locations for the visit.


For further details and enquiries, contact us at or on mobile 07530 949302.

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