It’s part of the everyday cityscape. We pass it in all seasons, by day and by night, hearing the bells ring while we wait for the tram or bus. But take the time to go and really explore Sheffield Cathedral one of these days. From its Norman bricks to its 60s tower, it is full of stories – stories that reflect the evolution of the city, its people and their place in history.
It became a cathedral in 1914, but the site’s story begins in the 9th century – an Anglo-Saxon cross that once stood here can now be seen in the British Museum. In Norman times you needed a church and a castle to form a township, so a church was built on this spot; the site is truly the heart of the city and was the focal point of life in Sheffield for centuries.
“It’s much more than a place for prayer and contemplation” says heritage learning officer Janet Ridler. “It’s about people’s connections. We want people to know: it’s your place. This is your building, your heritage.”