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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Maufe’s Vision

To produce a design definitely of our time, yet in the line of the great English cathedrals, to build anew on tradition.

From the original architects’ competition conditions

Guildford Cathedral is not a building that evolved over many centuries but was the concept and design of a single mind: architect Sir Edward Maufe. 

This Grade II* twentieth-century building is a precious part of our national heritage:

  • The last Church of England Cathedral consecrated on a new site, in 1961
  • Of a unique design, by Sir Edward Maufe, combining Gothic tradition and twentieth-century construction techniques
  • the first modern cathedral, conceived and built in the twentieth century with a simple aesthetic design and decoration

The Cathedral is one of only three Church of England Cathedrals constructed in the twentieth century. Artistically it bridges the gap between Scott’s Gothic Liverpool Cathedral and Spence’s modern Coventry Cathedral.

The Cathedral is a fusion of the conquest of space, light, massing and principles from the Gothic tradition coupled with twentieth-century constructional techniques, notably the innovative use of high level cast in-situ concrete. This makes the building’s construction very unusual and the best example of Maufe's fusion of modern and traditional.