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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Brick-givers

With war-time building restrictions finally lifted, efforts to complete the Cathedral started anew. Fund-raising began again - by this time needing to raise four times the original estimate of £250,000.

Led by the formidable Miss Eleanor Iredale, the ‘Buy-a Brick' campaign was launched in 1952. Between 1952 and 1961 more than 200,000 ordinary people bought a brick for 2s 6d (12½p) and inscribed it with their name. The bricks were made from clay taken from Stag Hill on which the Cathedral stands. 

Subscribers came from across the diocese but also from throughout the country. Groups of school children clubbed together to buy a brick, bricks were bought in memory of loved ones, or as celebration by honeymooning couples. And of course by HM The Queen. To this day, many people feel that they have a personal link with the Cathedral because of this scheme. 

Completion of the building was made possible only through the campaign’s success and the generosity of the brick-givers.

Were you, or someone in your family a brickgiver? We’d love to hear from you!