St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
The St Paul's Psalter
Ink, body colour and gilding on vellum
By the mid seventeenth century, St Paul’s Cathedral possessed over one hundred and sixty medieval manuscripts, of which only three survived
the Great Fire of 1666. This psalter (containing the Psalms) is one of those three and is thought to have been written in about 1175 AD. Scholars
believe that during part of its life, the book was used by Ralph Baldock who was Dean of St. Paul’s from 1294 - 1306, and Bishop of London from
1304 - 1313. Three obituaries for Baldock’s family members were added to the calendar in the late 13th century, posing a strong argument for
the book’s link to Ralph Baldock and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The psalter is thought to have entered the diocese of London in the mid thirteenth century and how
it arrived in London is still unknown. It is speculated to have come into the Cathedral’s possession in the early fourteenth century through a
donation from Ralph Baldock. The contents of the manuscript are unusual in that they do not follow any standard formula, which would have made it
nearly impossible to use for liturgical purposes.