Guildford Cathedral vase (tall)
Where is it from? Guildford Cathedral
When was it made? 1939
How was it made? Moulded and glazed
What was it made from? Clay
Size: H 130mm, Diameter 75mm (widest point)
Museum number: LG.3954
This pottery vase was made to raise funds to build Guildford Cathedral. The Church of England created the diocese of Guildford in 1927. By the time work began, in 1936, on building the cathedral Britain was suffering from a great economic downturn. The church relied on members of the public to fund the building work. Ironically world events in 1939, the same year this vase was made, meant building work was stopped. The cathedral was not finished for over twenty years.
At least two different types of vase were made as part of the fundraising campaign. This vase is said to have been made from clay from Stag Hill itself, where the cathedral is built. The same material was used to make the bricks the cathedral is built from.
Many people supported the fundraising campaign for the new cathedral. However, some people were unhappy. In particular, some locals thought the location chosen for the cathedral was wrong. Stag Hill can be seen for miles around but some felt it was too far from the centre of the town. Other people objected to the Church of England spending large sums of money in times of national crisis. The cathedral cost about £250,000 to build - over £8 million in today's money. In the end building work also had to stop because of the start of World War II. By the time the cathedral was actually finished, in 1961, the country was in a much more prosperous situation.
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