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Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathederal Montague Close, SE1
Tel: (0) 171 407 3708
London Bridge

Standing on the site of several earlier Christian buildings, the Southwark church was elevated to its status as a cathedral in 1905. Tucked up next to the approach to London Bridge. It is, as fine an example of Gothic architecture as any other church in the city, save perhaps, Westminster Abbey. Southwark InteriorIn addition, Southwark enjoys an advantage that neither St. Paul's nor Westminster has: it is not subject to the crowds that swarm over them, thereby allowing for a much more peaceful, contemplative experience for the visitor. The cathedral houses the tomb of John Gower, a medieval poet and friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Also to be seen is the Harvard Chapel, named for John Harvard, the founder of Harvard University, who was born in Southwark and baptised in the church in 1607. The most pleasant approach to the cathedral is along the river walk leading from Southwark Bridge, passing the Anchor Inn, the Clink Museum, the Golden Hind and Winchester House, but the quickest is from London Bridge Underground Station which is but a few hundred yards away.

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