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
Groundbreaking 1708
Diocese Diocese of Connor
Province Province of Armagh
Bishop(s) Bishop of Connor
Dean The Very Revd Sam Wright
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.


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 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.

On 31 July 1914 protesting Suffragettes bombed the Cathedral. A small explosion blew out one of the oldest stain glass windows. Four women arrested after the attack, at the home of Lillian Metge, (a middle-class widow who lived in Seymour Street),[1] had to receive police protection when arrested. All the windows of Mrs Metge's house were broken by residents opposed to their actions and the government threatened to raise the rates to pay for the damage caused.[2] No charges were pressed due to the outbreak of World War I[1] and they were released by order of the Home Secretary.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "Struggles of local suffragette highlighted in lecture". Ulster Star. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Suffragettes". The Ulster Suffragettes. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Mrs Metge, the Suffragettes and the bombing of Lisburn Cathedral". Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum. Retrieved 16 April 2015.