St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham

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    St Philip's Cathedral

    by tim07 Updated Aug 13, 2009

    Designed in a Baroque style by Thomas Archer, St Philip's Church was consecrated in 1715. It became the cities cathedral in 1905. I didn't have chance to look inside due to a service taking place. I did enjoy sitting in the sun in the cathedral grounds though.

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    St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham

    by leffe3 Written May 13, 2009

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    Consecrated as a parish church in 1715, St Philip's became Birmingham Cathedral in 1905. As a result, it is the third smallest cathedral in England (after Derby and Chelmsford).

    Designed by Thomas Archer (St John's Smith Square, London: north wing of Chatsworth House) in the Baroque style, it is a rare style for an English cathedral. And whilst it looks small on the outside, this is further emphasised on the interior - it looks minute!! It is extraordinarily plain - this is protestant Baroque rather than catholic - made more bizarre by the Fairtrade coffee kiosk in the middle of the church!

    But one main attraction - certainly for pre-Raphaelite fans - stained glass windows donated by Edward Burne-Jones (who was baptised at St Philip's).

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    St Philip's Cathedral

    by Galahad Updated Jan 25, 2006

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    Built in 1715 by Baroque style architect Thomas Archer, but not completed until 1725 when George I gave the parish a gift sufficient to finish the west tower. It became the cathedral for the new anglican Diocese of Birmingham only in 1905.
    Burne-Jones was born in Bennett's Hill close by and was responsible for the design of the windows that are beneath the tower.
    I think this is the oldest building in the city centre.

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