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Southwark Cathedral

Do not be put off by the railway lines, sheds of Borough Market, or the fact that this has been a Cathedral only since 1905; there are many interesting things to see here and the choir, built c.1220, is perhaps the finest example in London of the simple grace of Early English Gothic architecture.

The site dates back to a Saxon nunnery dissolved 852; this was followed by the Norman church of an Augustinian Priory, founded under Henry I, rebuilt after a fire in 1207, the Nave again being rebuilt in the 1890s, though, kept in harmony with the original. Among the many interesting monuments to survive are those to John Gower friend of Chaucer; Shakespeare and his brother, the latter being buried here. See the Harvard Chapel, restored with money donated by Harvard University in memory of John Harvard, its founder, baptised here in 1607.

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