Chelmsford Cathedral has a long history, with the original church of St Mary the Virgin in Chelmsford probably first built along with the town eight hundred years ago. It was rebuilt in the 15th and early 16th centuries, with walls of flint rubble, stone and brick. Chelmsford Cathedral has a tower with a spire and a ring of thirteen bells and in 1914 the church became the cathedral for the newly created diocese of Chelmsford. The Cathedral is one of our most iconic landmarks and is what helped us gain City status in 2012 as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee year.
The cathedral is a thriving hub for the community and it offers so much more than a place of faith and worship. There are regular exhibitions, concerts and recitals, as well as a weekly cafe. The cathedral prides itself on being a beautifully designed space in which everyone is welcome.
Music plays a big role in the weekly timetable of the cathedral, and there are many services each week where the professional choir sing. There are also opportunities to join their choirs and applications can be made here. In addition, there are regular music recitals and concerts, a mother and baby group and breakfast study sessions. If you want to find out more about what is going on they keep an updated diary of events for the current month and beyond here.
Perhaps most importantly, the cathedral offers a place of stillness for anyone to visit and sit and find calm in a busy world.
Chelmsford Cathedral is only a short walk from Forté Physical Health, so maybe drop in for a look around when you visit us.
Find out about our famous Chelmsford ParkRun – one of the busiest in the country!