Chichester Cathedral

Called by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as “the most typical English Cathedral,” Chichester Cathedral was founded in 1075 and is a superb example of both the Norman and the Gothic architectural styles. 

The history of the structure dates to 681 when Saint Wilfred brought Christianity to Sussex. By 1076 work on the present building began and was later completed under Bishop Luffa in time for its consecration to the Holy Trinity in 1108. The structure has two features unique among England’s medieval cathedrals: a free-standing medieval bell tower and double aisles.


The stone for the cathedral was initially brought from the Isle of Wright, and then from Normandy in France. Works for the project included re-moving the existing Copper roof and recovering in Sandcast Lead.

DBR Southern carried out extensive stone replacement and repointing to the tower over the Chapel of St Michael.

Extensive roof repairs were undertaken by DBR Leadwork, following the work by DBR Southern.  Click here to learn more.

More projects by DBR Southern and Leadwork teams can be found here.


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