Triumphing over Death, and Chance, and thee O Time.
Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral — the Cathedral Church of Christ — is a real record-breaker. It is the largest cathedral in Britain, its bells have the highest and heaviest peal in the world, and its Grand Organ, with 9,765 pipes, is the biggest in the UK.
In 1903, two years after the decision to build was made, a competition for its design was won by the then unknown 22-year-old architect Giles Gilbert Scott. In 1904 King Edward VII laid the foundation stone but, although the Lady Chapel was completed in 1910, the main part of the Cathedral was not consecrated until 1924. Building work continued for decades, only being completed in 1978.
The Cathedral has been the spiritual focus for the people of Liverpool in times of national mourning — memorial services have been held there for the victims of the Heysel and Hillsborough disasters, John Lennon and murdered hostage Ken Bigley.