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.
Two elaborately designed copes with connections to various
Jubilee celebrations will remain on display inside St Paul’s until the end of July.
The Jubilee Cope The Jubilee Cope was conceived as a project to mark the
Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977. It was designed by Beryl Dean, one of the foremost textile practitioners of the twentieth-century, and
it was executed under her direction by needlework students at the Stanhope Institute. After a year of conservation work on the delicate gold
and silver threads which depict the spires of 73 London churches, three Royal Peculiars and St Paul’s Cathedral, the Jubilee Cope and Mitre
were also used by the current Bishop of London at the Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service in June.
The Winnington-Ingram Cope & Mitre
The Winnington-Ingram Cope & Mitre were made in about 1905 for Arthur Winnington-Ingram, Bishop of London (1901-1939). They were worn by
him at the Silver Jubilee Thanksgiving Service for George V in 1935 and the Coronation of George VI in 1937. The cope is made of cream damask
with orphreys of green, silk damask, decorated with two shields; one bears the crossed swords of the Diocese of London, the other the crossed
keys of St Peter. Above the shields are two figures, St Paul and St Mellitus (who founded St Paul’s Cathedral on the site of the present
building in 604AD). The hood bears a depiction of Christ in Majesty.
Once Bishop Winnington-Ingram retired he lent the mitre to a friend, John Poole-Hughes, who became Bishop of South-West Tanganyika and took the
mitre with him to Africa. Poole-Hughes went on to become Bishop of Hereford and the mitre was put aside until his death, at which point his
sister donated it to Fulham Palace, which has generously loaned it for this display.
The two copes and their accompanying mitres can be seen in the cathedral’s Minor Canon’s Aisle.