10 reviews of Sheffield Cathedral in English
SHEFFIELD CATHEDRAL isn't the largest Cathedral I've seen but it is one of the best preserved in the entire United Kingdom.
It's history dates back to Norman times when it was just a small parish church on top of a hill overlooking Escafeld Castle, that stood on the south banks of the River Don where today's Castle Market stands.
Once inside Sheffield Cathedral it's very difficult to come to terms with the fact it's now surrounded by shops, office blocks, city centre roadways etc. because inside it's so very, very peaceful and quiet. So quiet in fact it's paradise.
To those interested: The critic Ian Nairn wrote a comment on the western extension of the cathedral . The article was published on 13.11.1966
(p.28) on The Observer (it is available online on the Guardian/Observer site. The name of the article is Hyde and Jekyll, Mr Hyde being the extension and Dr. Jekyll the cathedral, which I think says already a lot about his views! According to Nairn the architects of the extension (Ansell and Bailey) have used a mixture of “skimped Gothic and vulgar modern”. For the cathedral, however, he had nothing but good words. Hope it helps.
I did a music degree in Sheffield & consequently went to many concerts in the Cathedral, even playing in some myself. I found the Cathedral very quaint, almost majestic. It stops you in your step as soon as you enter, leaving you breathless & in awe of the craftmanship required to make such a beauty. If you are in Sheffield City Centre, then i suggest you wander over so that you can experience for yourself something on a grand scale. It commands greatness in you.
From the outside the Cathedral looks huge, sat in front of a large paved area with small patches of lawn. The Building is constructed from local Stone which has been extensively cleaned and sandblasted in recent years.
As you face the Cathedral there is a large square Turret at the left hand side and a tall Spire in the centre of the Building. In front of the Spire there is a square extension that protrudes from the main structure and here there is an entrance into the Building. The main entrance however is located at the front of the left hand Turret.
As you walk through a double set of glass doors the sheer magnificence of this place is something that makes you stop in your tracks. Although I am not a religious person I have been inside many Churches and Religious Buildings but there is no doubt that this is amongst the finest of all of the places I have visited.
The ceilings are high drawing your eyes upwards to the huge stained glass windows and the rich ornaments but the sheer size of the place is what hits me every time.
The shape of the interior is rather strange on first appearance with several different rooms coming off the main one in all directions. To understand this pattern you first have to realise that the main rectangular section of the Cathedral close to the main entrance is the original part of the Building with the other areas being added on at various stages over the centuries.
As has been stated before, the supertram has a stop right outside the Cathedral, making for easy access. The Cathedral itself is massive and is beautiful inside. I have been to a number of services there and they have all been very spectacular, especially with the surroundings. There is a large open space at the front to mill around in, and inside the Cathedral there is a lot of space too.
The cathedral is very easy to get too as the tram stops right outside the cathedral. It is a beautiful building both inside and outside. The cathedral has regular meetings on sundays and also a midnight mass on Christmas eve which is amazing. The cathedral is quite large inside and feels quite majestic. You can go in at anytime just to have a walk round and look at the building. There is also a small cathedral shop which sells a range of goods that support the cathedral project and building.
the tram stops are rite outside the catedral.. so if you follow the tramlines up from Primark… onwards… its to your left. Almost in the centre of town… i would say its about town hall area, really hard to explain
This is beautiful, im not sayig it cos im sheffield. but its a real nice cathedral.
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