Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn

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Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn
Coordinates: 54°30′40″N 06°02′30″W / 54.51111°N 6.04167°W / 54.51111; -6.04167
Location Castle and Bridge Street, Lisburn
Country Northern Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Website www.lisburncathedral.org
Architecture
Groundbreaking 1708
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Connor
Province Province of Armagh
Clergy
Bishop(s) Bishop of Connor
Dean The Very Revd John Bond
Lisburn Cathedral, interior

Christ Church Cathedral, Lisburn (also known as Lisburn Cathedral), is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Connor in the Church of Ireland. It is situated in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. Previously St Thomas's church, it is now one of two cathedrals in the Diocese, the other being the shared Cathedral Church of St Anne, Belfast. The Dean and Chapter of Lisburn Cathedral are known as the Dean and Chapter of St Saviour, Connor in honour of the original cathedral of Connor.

The current building was started in 1708, after its predecessor was burnt down. Its noteworthy features are the gallery seating in the nave and the octagonal spire.

History[edit]

A church was built on the cathedral site in the early 1600s by Sir Fulke Conway as a chapel of ease for his new castle at what was then called Lisnagarvey. It was consecrated in 1623 and dedicated to St Thomas, but was destroyed along with much of the town during the rebellion of 1641.

The church was quickly rebuilt and in 1662 St Thomas's was designated the cathedral church and episcopal seat of the United Diocese of Down and Connor and Dromore by Charles II and renamed Christ Church Cathedral. Additional gallery seating was introduced in 1674 with access via a bell tower. The cathedral burned down a second time in 1707.

Again it was quickly rebuilt, retaining the galleries in the nave with access via the tower which had survived the fire. The octagonal spire was added in 1804 and the chancel built and consecrated in 1889. In 2003, the 1796 front gates were replaced and in 2004 the clock chimes refurbished.

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