St. Saviour's Cathedral is one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in Australia. The style is technically known as "Decorated Gothic".
The first idea for the Cathedral was to build a direct copy of the parish church at Heckington in Lincolnshire – a most florid style of church, and quite the opposite of the “bush-Gothic” of the old St Saviour’s. However, Bishop Mesac Thomas asked Edmund Thomas Blacket to make a design after the style of Heckington. Blacket was architect of Sydney’s Cathedral of St. Andrew and of the main buildings of Sydney University. He gladly followed the style of Heckington, the most ornate period of English Gothic.
St. Saviour’s Cathedral is a product of Edmund Blacket's mature years. It expresses the grace, care and forethought of an architect in full control of his line and of building styles.
It also expresses the principle of 'unity in diversity', which Blacket enshrined in his design of the windows and doors (see description in the right hand column) and even the pew end carvings, as can be seen from this picture.
The Cathedral is classified on the National Heritage List and with the National Trust of New South Wales.
Learn more about some of the highlights of the Cathedral, such as its splendid organ, its bells, or its beautiful stained glass windows.
Or take an online tour of the interior of the Cathedral.