The site of Bradford Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for well over a thousand years. In fact, its origins date back to Anglo-Saxon times, but the original church was destroyed by the Normans. The de Lacy Norman family subsequently took possession of the land and it was Alice de Lacy who constructed a second church in the 14th century, although this was destroyed by Scottish raiders invading Yorkshire. The cathedral we see today was founded in 1458 and stone used in its construction may have come from the ruins of the previous churches.
Since then there have been regular additions and improvements to this beautiful example of a Gothic cathedral and although it suffered damage during both the Reformation and the English Civil War, it survived through to the 18th century when more improvements were undertaken. In 1919, the church became a cathedral when the Diocese of Bradford was formed and given its full title, the Cathedral Church of St Peter.
The Bradford Cathedral of today is a central part of the life of the city, offering a full schedule of services and special events. The cathedral is also known for its organ, which was installed by William Hill in 1904 and the Bradford Cathedral Choir, who perform regular concerts.
Bradford Cathedral can be found on Stott Hill, in the centre of Bradford and close to Forster Square. Visitors are welcome, with several pilgrimages available for those seeking a more spiritual experience. There is no charge for pilgrimages, but donations are welcome.