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Bishop's Chair Southwark original illustration in pen and ink and watercolour by Rosie Brooks

Bishop's Chair Southwark original illustration in pen and ink and watercolour by Rosie Brooks

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The Bishop's Chair, also known as the Cathedra, is an important symbol of the bishop's authority and role as the spiritual leader of a diocese. In Southwark Cathedral, the Bishop's Chair is located in the choir and is made of oak with intricate carvings and decorations.

The current Bishop's Chair in Southwark Cathedral is relatively modern and was crafted in the early 20th century by a furniture maker named Sir Robert Lorimer. It is decorated with various carvings, including the coat of arms of the Diocese of Southwark, and features a canopy above the chair. The chair is used during various services and ceremonies, including ordinations, confirmations, and the installation of new bishops.

In addition to its religious significance, the Bishop's Chair in Southwark Cathedral is also a work of art, showcasing the skill and craftsmanship of its maker. Visitors to the cathedral can admire the chair's intricate details and learn more about its history and significance through guided tours or informational plaques.

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