About this church
Chichester Cathedral is a living, working building which has been at the centre of life in Chichester for nearly 1000 years. Built to the glory of God, the building is the mother church of the Diocese of Chichester which covers east and west Sussex. In 1075, the See of Chichester was established and in 1076 Stigand, the first Norman bishop, began to build a new cathedral on the site of the Saxon church of St Peter, using stone from Quarr on the Isle of Wight. The Cathedral was completed by Bishop Ralph Luffa, who consecrated it in 1108. Richard of Wych, bishop of Chichester from 1245-1253, was canonized in 1262 when plans were made to move his body from its first burial place in the Nave to the Retroquire. The ceremony of translation took place on 16 June 1276, in the presence of King Edward I. From that day until the shrine was destroyed in 1538, the Shrine of St Richard attracted pilgrims from all over England and beyond. In 1930 an altar was restored to the site of the shrine. The Cathedral is unique in its collection of 20th century paintings, sculpture and glass. These include a window by Marc Chagall, a tapestry by John Piper and a painting by Graham Sutherland. However the art in the Cathedral also contains some wonderful early objects including the 12th century Lazarus Reliefs and the 16th century Lambert Barnard paintings. One of the delights of the building is the successful fusion of the ancient and the modern.