It was the first Anglican cathedral built in these islands since the Reformation. The dedication stone for the building of the cathedral is inside the west door and commemorates the Londoners who paid for it,
If stones could speake
Then Londons prayse should sounde
Who built this church and cittie
From the grounde
Built into this stone is a smaller, older stone which is said to have come originally from the Teampall Mór, Derry’s medieval cathedral.
A stained glass window commemorating Colmcille is located in the south-east corner in the Archbishop Alexander Chapel. Archbishop Alexander’s wife was the hymn writer and poet Cecil Frances Alexander. Best known for hymns and carols such as Once in royal David’s city, and There is a green hill far away, she also wrote a hymn on the city’s patron saint.
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