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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Up the Tower

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St Paul's Cathedral through the parapet of Southwark Cathedral tower.

St Paul's Cathedral through the parapet of Southwark Cathedral tower.


On 2 June 2011 – Ascension Day – I took the chance to ascend to the top of the tower of Southwark Cathedral to participate in the early morning service. After the service, there was a chance for some brief sightseeing.

To the north west, the Other Cathedral – St Paul’s Cathedral – could be seen. In the distance to the west was Victoria Tower (part of the Palace of Westminster) and the London Eye. To the south is The Razor, a new building at Elephant and Castle, closer to is the railway line into London Bridge, with the new Thameslink Viaduct still under construction. At London Bridge, the station is undergoing change, including the construction of The Shard, now the tallest building in the UK, and soon to be the tallest in Europe.

The North Transept of Southwark Cathedral with the Millennium Courtyard and Gary Weston library.

The North Transept of Southwark Cathedral with the Millennium Courtyard and Gary Weston library.


Around the North Transept could be seen the most recent addition to Southwark Cathedral – including the Gary Weston Library (with the Refectory beneath), the Millennium Courtyard and The Link – the glass roofed cloister which joins the old and new together.

  • More pictures from the top of Southwark Cathedral in my Smugmug gallery
  • Author: Stewart

    An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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