150 Years of St Peter’s, Lancaster: 1859-2009

St Peter’s church was consecrated on 4th October 1859, dedicated to God as a new Catholic parish church for Lancaster. In 1924 it became the Cathedral Church of the new Diocese of Lancaster, and now has served parish, city and diocese for 150 years.


The Cathedral has seen many changes in its life so far, adapting and responding to a changing society and the reforms of the Church’s liturgy after the Second Vatican Council. Today it is both home to an active parish and the mother church of Catholics between Preston and the Scottish border.


In this section you can find out more about the 150th celebrations and the history of the parish. If you’re local, please call in to the Cathedral or come along to some of the many events planned for this anniversary year.


On the left are links to pages about events for the 150th year and a ‘parish history’ section. For something a bit different, see ‘Billington’s Blog’, which gives an account of Cathedral life in years gone by. Find out more about the colourful Dr Dixon, who was appointed to St Peter’s a century ago this year, and see our appeal for old pictures and accounts of life here.


Find out who’s supporting the Cathedral’s 150th Anniversary events: click here.