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.
“Grateful and embarrassed” cathedral foreman recognised in New Year Honours List
27 January 2012
One of St Paul’s longest serving employees is celebrating receiving an MBE in the New Year Honours List, for
his service to the cathedral.
Alan Horsfield, the cathedral’s General Foreman, started his life at St Paul’s 42 years ago as a stone mason. In that time, he has been an
integral part of the day-to-day running of the cathedral, helping oversee two major restorations and being part of numerous high-profile
services and events.
Alan said: "For me, the Royal Wedding in 1981 was a highlight. I was there as Charles and Diana entered the cathedral and all of us working
that day were able to bring our wives.”
As well as the wedding in 1981, Alan has worked at other high-profile services including the Silver and Golden Jubilees, the VE and VJ Day
services and the annual Remembrance Day service.
Now 61, Alan lives with his wife Carol in Bexley, South London. In 1965 he began an apprenticeship at Wandsworth Stoneworks before moving to
the cathedral in April 1970.
Talking about his long relationship with one of the UK’s most iconic buildings, he said: "On my first day, I thought the cathedral was the
biggest thing in the world – it’s really daunting how it hits you at first. But now, after all this time, it feels more like a one-bedroom
"It’s been the most fantastic place to work and I have made some great friends, in the Works Team and throughout the cathedral. It’s a huge
part of my life.”
On becoming a Member of the British Empire, Alan added: "Obviously I’m very pleased – it was a bit of a shock. To be honest, I’m very grateful
but also a bit embarrassed – everyone keeps talking about it.”
Alan is due to retire in June this year, after helping with his third Jubilee service, and says he will spend his working on his house and