Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral for the Diocese of Liverpool and is the third English cathedral to be built, after St Pauls and Truro, since the Reformation. The cathedral is the largest religious building in Britain as well as the longest cathedral in the world at 189m and the fifth largest in volume. Liverpool Cathedral continues to develop and modernise and has become a multi award-winning attraction.
Following the Cathedral's centenary in 2004, a new Visitor Centre was completed in 2008, reflecting a need to look after increasing numbers of visitors. New nave seating in the form of the award-winning Howe 40/4 chair was introduced in 2018. 400 Howe 40/4 chairs designed by David Rowland and supplied by Treske are now set out regularly for different services and events and often cleared completely from the nave, replacing older inflexible seating.
The Head Verger, Dave Corns, said the choice of the Howe 40/4 chair was made as it: “gives us the flexibility and speed of changing service layouts, the ability to store all the chairs quickly in a small space on ten trolleys, along with comfortable seating for our congregation and visitors”.
The Dean, The Very Reverend Sue Jones was instrumental in the choice of walnut veneer as a finish on the Howe 40/4 chairs, blending in with the sandstone of the cathedral interior.
The Cathedral built by and for the people of Liverpool is a leading place of worship, meeting, inspiration and understanding, is creating history in magnificent surroundings.