Peel Cathedral

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Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man
The Cathedral Church of St German
Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man is located in Isle of Man
Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man
Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man
Shown within Isle of Man
54°13′18″N 4°41′28″W / 54.22167°N 4.69111°W / 54.22167; -4.69111Coordinates: 54°13′18″N 4°41′28″W / 54.22167°N 4.69111°W / 54.22167; -4.69111
Location Peel
Country Isle of Man
Denomination Church of England
Website Cathedral Isle of Man
Former name(s) Kirk German, Peel Parish Church
Consecrated 1890
Designated 1980
Previous cathedrals Peel Cathedral & Castle (on St. Patrick's Isle)
Diocese Sodor and Man
Province York
Bishop(s) Rt Revd Robert Paterson
Dean Very Revd Nigel Godfrey
Precentor Revd Ian Faulds
Canon(s) Canon of St. Patrick: Revd Dr Jules Gomes, Canon Theologian
Canon of St. Columba: Revd Margaret Burrow
Canon of St. Maughold: Revd Philip Frear
Canon of St German: Revd Ian Brady, Canon Evangelist
Archdeacon The Ven Andie Brown, Archdeacon of Man
Director of music Dr Peter Litman

The Cathedral Church of Saint German or Peel Cathedral, rebranded as Cathedral Isle of Man is located in Peel, Isle of Man. The cathedral is also one of the parish churches in the parish of the West Coast which includes the town of Peel,[1] and was built 1879-84.[2] It was made the cathedral by Act of Tynwald in 1980.[3]


Original cathedral

The original cathedral of St German was inside the walls of Peel Castle and fell into ruin in the 18th century. After a considerable period of debate over who owned the ruins and site, the decision was eventually taken not to rebuild that cathedral. In 1895, the bishop consecrated his chapel at the bishop's palace as pro-cathedral and instituted a chapter of canons with himself as dean. That arrangement (bishop as dean) persisted even after the consecration of the new cathedral.

The cathedral has a dean and chapter.[4] Until 15 October 2011, the Bishop of Sodor and Man was dean ex officio, but on that date the vicar of the parish became dean ex officio,[5] as had been the historical arrangement from the 12th century until the late 19th.[6] The chapter consists of the Archdeacon of Man ex officio and four canons who are all parochial clergy in the Diocese.

Vicars of German[edit]

Deans of St German[edit]


  • Archdeacon of Man – The Ven Andie Brown (since 15 October 2011 collation)[8]
  • Canon Evangelist & Canon of St German – Ian Brady (since 19 January 2014 installation)[9]
  • Canon Theologian & Canon of St Patrick – The Revd Canon Jules Gomes (since 21 October 2012 installation)[10]
  • Canon of St Columba – Margaret Burrow (since 29 June 2014 installation) [11]
  • Canon of St Maughold – The Revd Canon Philip Frear (since 9 October 2004 installation)[12]


The Cathedral Choir has a mixed boy and girl treble line (aged 7–14 years old) who sing Choral Evensong each Sunday at 3.30pm, and an adult voluntary section (SATB) who sing Choral Eucharist on 1st, 2nd and 4th Sunday mornings each month at 10.30 am. There is a developing programme of Choral Scholarships for secondary school children.

The cathedral has a large two manual Brindley & Foster organ in the chancel. Across the next 5 years it is planned that the pipe organ will be rebuilt, re-ordered and significantly enlarged to meet the demands of the cathedral's choral programme.

The Organist & Director of Music is Peter Litman.


  1. ^ Church Act 1980 and Western Pastoral Scheme 2012
  2. ^ Frances Coakley, Manx Note Book
  3. ^ Cathedral Church Act 1980 (of Tynwald)
  4. ^ Church Act 1895 (of Tynwald), section 4
  5. ^ Church Offices Measure (Isle of Man) 2011 (Statutory Document 624/11)[1], amending Church Act 1895 section 4
  6. ^ BBC News – St German's Cathedral, Isle of Man: New dean installed
  7. ^ Peel Cathedral – Bishop and Cathedral Chapter
  8. ^ BBC News – Diocese announces new Archdeacon
  9. ^ Diocesan News - Special service of Evensong at the Cathedral
  10. ^ Diocesan News – Installations of New Canons
  11. ^ Diocese of Sodor and Man | Petertide ordination and licensing
  12. ^ Diocesan News – Popular Vicar Announces Retirement