Governance of Salisbury Cathedral

The governance of the Cathedral is regulated by statute, as required by the Cathedrals Measure 1999.

The corporate body of Salisbury Cathedral is the Chapter, the College of Canons and the Cathedral Council.

Chapters were formerly exclusively clerical bodies but after the 1999 act every cathedral chapter must now include at least two lay members.

The College of Canons is a much larger body with clergy and lay members, appointed by the Bishop.

Our annual review sets out in detail the rich and varied nature of the life and work of this Cathedral Church and is available to download below.

The governance arrangements for Salisbury Cathedral and all English cathedrals have been changed by the Cathedrals Measure 2021. We expect that these changes will come into effect in Salisbury during 2022