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Blackburn cathedral cloisters opened

17 July 2016

A momentous moment in the history of Blackburn Cathedral took place on the 17 July when the new Cathedral cloisters were opened and dedicated.

The cloisters are the first to be built in a UK cathedral for over 500 years. It was a very imaginative scheme undertaken in partnership with many organisations and in particular Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. It completely regenerates the area around the cathedral.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu preached at the dedication service and officially opened the building.

Dr Sentamu said “This unique development is truly fantastic! It was William Temple, when he was Bishop of Manchester, who decided Blackburn Parish Church should be the new Cathedral and his vision was for this place to be a centre of influence on all aspects of people's lives. As well as benefitting those that work and study here, visitors and worshippers at Blackburn Cathedral will enjoy the new open spaces, public gardens and cafe. This is a great place to visit, to know God is alive and at work in this town and its people.”

The new Cathedral cloisters includes residences for the Cathedral clergy and staff as well as a hall of residence for organ and choral scholars. It also includes new public gardens, a library, conference facilities, offices, parking and the new Temple Gallery that links the original Cathedral building to the new cloisters.

Allchurches Trust was delighted to provide a grant for one of the conference rooms, which will help with the delivery of the cathedral's education programme and its work within the Blackburn multi faith community.

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