His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 — 9 April 2021

The Dean and the Chapter and the entire cathedral community extend our deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family following the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We assure her of our prayers for her and her family in their time of grief and our prayers of thanksgiving for the long life of service Prince Philip gave to our nation and to the Commonwealth. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

An online Book of Condolence has been set up at Guildford Cathedral for any members of the community who would like to add their name in thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip and the lasting contribution he has made to the life of our nation and the Commonwealth.

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Beginnings

As the population of South East England grew during the early part of the 20th century, the Diocese of Winchester was divided into three. Towards the north, became the new Diocese of Guildford and in 1927 Dr John Greig was appointed the first Bishop. 

Initially, Holy Trinity Church in Guildford High Street was used as the Cathedral, but it soon became clear that it was not large enough. In 1928, the Diocese resolved to build a new Cathedral.

Despite many misgivings, the work of planning and fund raising began. It was an astonishing act of faith and vision.

 An architectural competition was held for the design of the new building and 183 proposals were submitted. The portfolios were exhibited for public comment after which five architects were invited to submit full designs.

The winner of the competition was Edward Maufe and he was appointed Cathedral Architect in 1933.