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For many years now, our feathered friends, nesting in the Cathedral tower have gathered quite a following.

A young pair of Peregrine Falcons first nested at Derby Cathedral in 2006 when a small wooden ledge was installed on the East face of the tower. In the following months three chicks were raised there. Those chicks fledged and left the city that summer and two more were raised in 2007. It was then that two web cams were installed, broadcasting the progress of the Peregrines through the day and night to hundreds of thousands of people from Derby to Timbuktu! A further two have since been added. So far over 3.5 million hits from over 70 countries have been recorded!

Click the link below to join the Peregrines and follow their progress through the 2016 nesting and breeding season on the web cam as well as via the official blog which gives the latest news.

Between late May and early July each summer, Watch Point events are held on Cathedral Green to allow visitors a close-up look at the chicks though telescopes. Details will be on the blog nearer the time.

The Derby Peregrine project is a joint partnership between Derby Cathedral, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and The Cathedral Quarter and Derby City Council’s IT team.

To find out what the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust does to manage and support The Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project please follow the link to


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:48

The Chapel of St Mary on the Bridge

The first chapel on the site was probably built late in the 13th century alongside the original stone bridge, which had been completed some years earlier.  Late in the 14th century this chapel was replaced by the present, somewhat larger, building.  The principal purpose of the chapel was to serve the needs of travellers who, on leaving the safety of the town and mindful of the uncertain dangers in the countryside beyond, would call there to hear mass and pray for a safe journey.  Many of the incoming travellers would doubtless have spent a few minutes in the chapel to give thanks for a safe journey.  They might also have received a pot of refreshing ale from the so-called hermit, who acted as the caretaker of the building.  One of his less popular duties was the collection of tolls, levied on goods and animals, for the maintenance of the bridge.

Soon after the present chapel was built a cell was constructed to house an anchoress, a woman who had withdrawn from the world to live a solitary life of silence and prayer.  In the 15th century the chapel became a noted centre of pilgrimage, second only in local importance to the nearby shrine of St. Alkmund.  The chapel was richly endowed through the efforts of many benefactors during the Middle Ages and thanks to their generosity the chapel also housed the much-revered figure known as the Black Virgin of Derby.  When the Reformation took hold, the practices associated with the chapel were regarded as idolatrous and it was closed in 1547; a few years later it and the adjoining house were handed back to the burgesses of Derby.

On 25th July 1588 the most notorious event in the history of the chapel took place when the bodies of three Roman Catholic priests, who had been executed as traitors the day before, were draped around its entrance.  Two of these priests, Nicholas Garlick and Robert Ludlam, had been arrested at Padley Manor, in the north of Derbyshire, and were brought to Derby for trial together with Richard Simpson who had already been imprisoned.  Unfortunately for them the country was in a state of turmoil because of the approaching Spanish Armada and so there was no hope of a reprieve.  Collectively they became known as the Padley Martyrs.

Subsequently the chapel lapsed into relative obscurity.  After being used for some years as a meeting room for Presbyterians it was converted to domestic use.  During the 17th Century the present Bridge Chapel House was built to replace the former priest’s house.  At the end of the 18th century the original bridge, which by then was in a poor state, was replaced by the present bridge which was designed by Thomas Harrison.  Somewhat later the chapel was used as a workshop and storeroom for a local engineering works and then in 1873 it became once again a place of worship.  In 1912 the chapel was closed and allowed to deteriorate so that by the 1920s it was in a ruinous state.  Eventually it was rescued through the efforts of the Derbyshire Archaeological Society and the generosity of the children of the late Sir Alfred Seale Haslam, a former mayor of Derby.  The restoration of the chapel was carried out in 1930 under the direction of local architects Percy Currey and Charles Thompson, in close cooperation with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

The chapel has been used as a place of worship ever since and now is often regarded as the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral.  The interior is notable for its simplicity; of particular interest are the east window, designed by Mary Dobson, and the altar, designed by Ronald Pope.

A warm welcome awaits you at the Chapel.

For services at the Bridge Chapel please see the Services page.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:47

Organ Pilgrimage



 Images from left to right: The Organ at Dethick Church and one of the many trains Peter has travelled on on his travels.


Derby Cathedral’s Master of Music, Canon Peter Gould, has embarked
on a unique tour across the Diocese of Derby visiting all the Anglican
churches with pipe organs and playing each for around 15 minutes
over the next 12 months.  We will be following Peter on his adventures and he will give us regular
updates of his progress which will appear on this page

Peter said “I intend to do a Deanery at a time and play each
organ for about 15 minutes, some Bach plus something suitable for the

He added: “I hope that local congregations, visitors and school parties
will all be encouraged to listen and give a donation at the end which
will be shared 50/50 with the local music and the Cathedral music

So far Peter has raised a total of £294. His next visits are listed below;

15th May

10.00am                Edale

11.00am                 Hope

11.30am                Castleton

12.00noon            Bradwell

1.45pm                  Bamford

2.15pm                  Hathersage

2.45pm                  Grindelford

1st June

9.45am                  Crich

10.30am                South Wingfield

11.00am                Shirland

11.30am                Morton

12.00noon            Stonebroom

1.00pm                  Tibshelf

1.30pm                  Blackwell

2.00pm                  Alfreton

3rd June

If you would like to donate money to Peter’s cause, there will be a
collection plate at the back of each church Peter plays at. Alternatively
please call the Derby Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 for further information.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:46


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:34

Archbishop of Canterbury Visit 2011


Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Archbishop of Canterbury at Derby Cathedral

Derby Cathedral welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to a Civic Service on Sunday 25 September.

In an address to a packed Cathedral, reflecting on his three day pastoral visit to the Diocese of Derby, Dr Williams made reference to recent redundancies in the manufacturing industry and the continuing consequences of an economic downturn and insisted that local churches were firmly in the business of listening: “The Church is working in a city shattered by bad news and looking to bring real change. [Wherever I went] the church is not pushing answers at people but listening attentively.”

Dr Williams reminded his congregation that “The Gospel is not attractive to people who think they have it all sorted.” Jesus found that people who had nothing to worry about were the last to respond to the challenge laid down to them.

The Archbishop added: “In the Diocese of Derby, over three days, I have seen the Church listening to people, aware of the need for change and a Christian community aware of their own vulnerability.”

The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, led the service accompanied by the Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies.

William Tucker, HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, read the first lesson.

The Cathedral Choir led the music, singing a Eucharist setting by Bruckner (in E minor).

At the end of the service the Diocese presented a gift to Dr Williams and members of the congregation were able to meet and chat with the Archbishop.

The Dean of Derby, Dr John Davies, commented: “It was wonderful to welcome the Archbishop to Derby Cathedral. All who were present sensed in Rowan Williams an integrity, a warmth and a compassion which made his time here hugely special.”


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:33

Embroidery Workshop




Work is undertaken both for the Cathedral itself and for churches near and far. A dedicated band of embroiderers working on new vestments or church fabrics and repair of older pieces. Care, skill and devotion are the watchwords of the group. The late Canon Leonard Childs was a noted leader of the group, and his designs grace both Derby Cathedral and churches across the UK and abroad.

For more details about the group, or to ask about new work or repair work, please contact The Embroidery Workshop Co-ordinator C/o Cathedral Offices 18/19 Iron Gate DERBY DE1 3GP Email: Tel: 01332 341201.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:31

Visiting Choirs

Derby Cathedral has a rich musical heritage, and sung worship is offered here most days. Usually, this is provided by either our Cathedral Choir or Cathedral Voluntary Choir, but there are Sundays in holiday periods where this is not possible, and we are indebted to the time and talents of a number of visiting choirs. The Cathedral is well-known for its warm, friendly acoustic, and is blessed to have three organs, including the famous four-manual 100-stop Compton at the east end. Any choirs interested in singing at Derby Cathedral should get in touch with the Assistant Director of Music, Edward Turner, on, or by telephoning the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201.


Please click <here> for the visiting choirs’ information pack. The booking form for visiting choirs can be found <here>.


The following Sundays are available in 2019:

28th April

26th May

2nd June

11th August

18th August

25th August

1st September

29th December


Most Saturday Evensongs throughout the year are available, as are a select few midweek services. Please get in touch with the Assistant Director of Music for more information regarding these services.



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Daily Services


8:00am Holy Communion

9:15am Sung Eucharist (Bridge Chapel)

10:45am Cathedral Eucharist

6:00pm Choral Evensong



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evensong or Evening Prayer Said 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer 

1.05pm Holy Communion 

6.30pm Evensong or Evening Prayer at 5.15pm during school holidays



8.30am Morning Prayer 

9.00am Holy Communion 

5.15pm Evening Prayer 



8.30am Morning Prayer (Bridge Chapel)

9.00am Holy Communion (Bridge Chapel)

5.15pm Evening Prayer


Additional Services

Latvian Lutheran, German-Speaking Lutheran and Russian Orthodox services take place at the Bridge Chapel. Please call the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 for further details.


Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:18



Derby Cathedral relies heavily on the help and support of its family of volunteers.  Volunteers help and assist in maintaining daily worship of the Cathedral and managing its life and ministry as well as welcoming visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and the Bridge Chapel.

There are various roles for volunteers in the Cathedral in order to support the bigger picture of caring for the Cathedral building and upholding its mission.

Our community of volunteers currently stands at around 200 strong and new members and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

For more information please contact the Cathedral Office on 01332 341201 or email



Wednesday, 12 June 2013 21:13


Like all other Cathedrals, Derby is much more than a beautiful building. It is, as its constitution states, ‘the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship and mission’. The Bishop gathers the clergy and people of the Diocese of Derby here for the ordinations of deacons, for the baptism of new Christians and for confirmation, for the blessing of the holy oils on Maundy Thursday and for other great diocesan occasions. Additionally he presides at the liturgy in the Cathedral at Christmas, Easter and other principal festivals. He also organises Parliament Days for sixth formers, and Summits on key topics in contemporary society.

The Cathedral is governed by the Dean and the Chapter – three priests, known as canons, and four lay people. The Dean and Canons have a particular responsibility for maintaining the daily worship of the Cathedral, as well as managing its life and ministry, assisted by the lay staff and many volunteers.

Its mission involves schools work and adult education, welcome and hospitality to visitors, pilgrims and to people in distress of one mind or another, sharing the Christian faith and engaging in dialogue with enquirers and with those of other faiths, and working in close co-operation with the City, the University and other institutions.

Although a Church of England Cathedral, it tries to be a holy place and a sign of unity for Christians of many traditions and a meeting place of faiths.

The Cathedral is supported in its ministry daily by a large team of volunteers who include the people who welcome visitors to the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre and Bridge Chapel. The Friends of the Cathedral are a company of those who care for the Cathedral building and its mission and support it financially.

Newcomers and volunteers are always welcome to help carry forward the mission and life of this ancient and holy place.

Each day the Eucharist, with its origins in the Last Supper on the night before Jesus died, is celebrated around the altar in the Cathedral. On Sundays and festivals it is a sung service, with one of the Cathedral’s three choirs leading the music and with the participation of the Cathedral’s regular congregation, which also contributes much to it’s life through the week. The Cathedral also hosts many occasions through the year when the wider communities of the city and county come to mark significant occasions in local and national life. It is the setting also for concerts, recitals, festivals and exhibitions.

Amidst all this activity in what is very much a ‘working Cathedral’, there are nevertheless long periods of calm and quiet and visitors are always welcome to walk round, to sit and enjoy its peace, to join in worship, to light a candle or pray.

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