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.
Ordained at the relatively mature age of 27, Creighton first worked as a vicar in Northumberland, before quickly rising through the ranks to
become a Canon at Worcester Cathedral (1885), Bishop of Peterborough (1891) and then Bishop of London in 1897.
Creighton was a huge advocate of the education of children and was a key proponent of the 1897 Voluntary School Bill, which saw government
funds go to support various denominational religious schools.
His period in office also saw him sit at the heart of the debate between 'low church' and 'high church' within the Church of England, with the
former wanting to move away from the ritual of Roman Catholic traditions and the latter preferring an Anglo-Catholic way of performing liturgy,
for example with the use of candles and incense.
Not long after becoming Bishop of London, Creighton was tasked with performing the service of thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of
Queen Victoria, held outside on the steps of St Paul's as the ageing monarch was not able to get out of her carriage and into the Cathedral.
Afflicted with illness for much of his life, Creighton became increasing unwell and stomach pain, thought to be cancer, saw him die in office
after just four years on 14 January 1901, aged 57. Queen Victoria died just a week later.
After his funeral at the Cathedral, he became the first Bishop London in 280 years to be buried within St Paul's. His wife, Louise, an
activist for the role of women within society and the Church, was buried next to him 35 years later.
A great thinker and man of words, Mandell Creighton is today remembered equally as an academic historian and priest.