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The Cathedral has supported the community that surrounds it for hundreds of years and continues its active role in its...

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Life Events

The Cathedral has supported the community that surrounds it for hundreds of years and continues its active role in its lives to this day.



We would be delighted to talk your plans over with you if you are considering a marriage service in the Cathedral. However, because the Cathedral is not a parish church, marriages have to be facilitated by the granting of an Archbishop's Special License (unless you live in the Cathedral Close where it would be facilitated by the calling of banns). To obtain an Archbishop's Special License, you need to have a worshipping and spiritual connection with the Cathedral - this could be that you were baptised or confirmed here or that you regularly worship in the Cathedral or that you may have been a pupil at the Cathedral School. If you don't have such connections, it is possible to apply for a license after a period of regular worship in the Cathedral.

Everyone in this country has a parish church where they could be married so you might want to consider contacting your local vicar if you do not feel you can meet these worshipping requirements. You will also find some helpful information here.

If you are getting married elsewhere but are thinking about holding your reception at the Cathedral click here, if you want to have your wedding photographs taken in the Close please see the bottom of this page.

For further information contact our Canon Chancellor Ed Probert here.

Christenings and Baptisms           

If you have recently become a parent – congratulations! We welcome enquiries about christening (also known as baptism). If you are not already a regular worshipper at the Cathedral we ask you to let the vicar of your local parish church know that you are seeking to have your child baptized here. In baptism a person joins the church of God and we want to work in partnership with the church where you live. You can find your parish church at here.  You will also find some helpful material about baptism here.


If you have recently lost a loved one, please get in touch if we can help you in any way, including with our prayers. Click here to send us a prayer request.

A Church of England funeral is available for everyone, and the church can give support before, during and after the service, for as long as it is needed. You will find some helpful advice here.

It is our normal custom not to organise thanksgiving services until some months after the funeral has taken place.  This is because a thanksgiving service for the life of someone who has died has an important but different function from a funeral.

If your loved one had a worshipping and spiritual connection with the Cathedral, please contact us to discuss your arrangements.

For further information contact our Canon Precentor Anna Macham here

If you need to speak with someone urgently about any of the above please call 01722 555162.


Wedding Photography

The Cathedral and Close are private property and the upkeep of both is expensive - we look to defray the costs of upkeep where appropriate and where possible.

Organisers or commercial photographers of weddings which are not taking place in the Cathedral are allowed to take photos within the area of the churchyard provded they obtain approval in advance and pay a fee of £50.00 (incl VAT). Please note that photographs of weddings which have not been held inside the Cathedral cannot not be taken in the Cathedral itself, the Cloisters or the Cloister Garth.

It should be noted that weddings which take place inside the Cathedral will take priority over the commercial user when a clash of programmes/timings is identified.

Please contact the Events team on with the date and time you require and your name and address and we will check our diary for you. We will aim to respond within two weeks of your request with our decision.