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To think that Guildford Cathedral is as ugly as fuck?

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MintyChapstick Sat 11-Jun-16 16:37:50

Just that really.

Came across as photo of it recently and was gobsmacked at its ugliness. It's made of brick rather than stone and is all angular and square, in fact it looks more like a power station or a warehouse than a cathedral. You can tell it was built in the 20th Century, and yes I know the War disrupted things but you'd think theyd have made a bit more effort with it wouldn't you?

I think old cathedrals are a think of beauty and splendour but this is just hideous isn't it?

EatShitDerek Sat 11-Jun-16 16:39:03

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awfullyproper Sat 11-Jun-16 16:40:50

Laiste Sat 11-Jun-16 16:45:32

Well, while i agree that personally i too prefer the highly decorated gothic style cathedrals, you have answered your own question: It is a product of it's time. Nothing these days is being built like they used to in the late 1200s grin

bruffin Sat 11-Jun-16 16:47:58

My ds lives directly under it and i am getting quite fond of it really. May go and look inside one day.
I took this from the castle last week and it is very imposing on top of the hill. I prefer paddys wigwam for a odern cathedral

MintyChapstick Sat 11-Jun-16 16:48:39

I agree Laiste but then you have Truro cathedral which is late 19th Century and stunning.

x2boys Sat 11-Jun-16 16:50:57

I was going to say its not as ugly as paddys wigwam bruffingrin

RustyBear Sat 11-Jun-16 17:05:22

A friend of mine works there; she says it's a lot better inside than out...

fanjolamps Sat 11-Jun-16 17:07:44

Its lovely inside though, very grand. I graduated there.

TheNewSchmoo Sat 11-Jun-16 17:08:00

See Glasgow's, looked in need of a damn good scrub. Very disappointing.

florascotianew Sat 11-Jun-16 17:08:52

Of course medieval cathedrals are amazing and wonderful, but there is a school of thought which says that buildings that reflect their times are more 'honest' than pale imitations of earlier designs. Guildford Cathedral (not completed until 1961) deliberately aimed to reflect 20th cent building styles and techniques.

IMHO, the interior is absolutely stunning, anyway: elegant, spacious, clean-lined, full of light.
Lovely photos here:

mummytime Sat 11-Jun-16 17:12:20

YABU it is in a modernist brutal style, and wonderful inside (although not so much at present as its full of scaffolding and having asbestos removed). It is "the people's cathedral" and whilst not the most obviously attractive, it was built to an award winning design and is a lively vibrant place. It is used by all sectors of the community and is a very active "church".
Today there was a tea party for the Queen, a charity abseil as well as the building works.

Purplepicnic Sat 11-Jun-16 17:17:23

It is ugly but since the Exorcist, link above, has become downright awful. It's sort of on a hill by itself as well, which doesn't help.

Purplepicnic Sat 11-Jun-16 17:18:19

The Omen, not the Exorcist. Getting my devil children mixed up wink

MaudGonneMad Sat 11-Jun-16 17:21:17

Brutalist. I quite like it.

Noodledoodledoo Sat 11-Jun-16 17:21:45

It grows on you - walked past it every day for 3 years at uni, graduated in there as well.

Inside is much better.

Also the bricks were funded in the 1950's/60's by local people donating a penny each to buy a brick. My dad owns one!

Have also had the opportunity to walk up to the top of the tower and stand just under the angel. The scariest thing in the world when the fog used to come down and she would poke out of the top of it!

FloellaDaVille Sat 11-Jun-16 17:28:27

I also went to university there, did lots of concerts inside and graduated there. It's bright and airy inside and I came to really love the starkness of its exterior. Spooky on a dark windy night though. The cleverest thing about it is it appears to jump across the road as you approach on the southbound A3 smile

MintyChapstick Sat 11-Jun-16 17:39:25

Glasgow cathedral is a bit dirty, but nothing a good sand blast wouldnt sort out.

Exhausthasgone Sat 11-Jun-16 17:48:22

Looks nice at night. I lived at the bottom of the hill for a couple of years as a student.

NapoleonsNose Sat 11-Jun-16 17:55:17

I like its starkness, the angularity and modernness. I have family who live nearby and it always reminds me of happy family Christmases - it has a cross on the top that they light up. My late DF also has a brick inside as well.

OlennasWimple Sat 11-Jun-16 17:59:16

That turban in the Omen clip is also very much of its time 😄

BrendaFurlong Sat 11-Jun-16 19:18:58

I rather like it, but then I also like the new colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, that manage to capture the spirit of the medieval foundations while using modern lines and materials.

Coventry Cathedral is also beautiful (although doesn't Victoria Wood have a joke about wandering in thinking it's a branch of Habitat?)

raviolidreaming Sat 11-Jun-16 19:21:31

OP, YANBU! The angel irritates me every time I drive past - it's far too small for the size of the building.

Toddlerteaplease Sat 11-Jun-16 19:35:58

Omg I love paddy's wigwam. Not keen on the Anglican cathedral in Liverpool though. It's way to big.

MintyChapstick Sat 11-Jun-16 20:06:22

Yes, Liverpool Anglican is also a bit of a monstrosity, that's a 20th a century Cathedral as well.

I like Coventry though, inside it's beautiful.

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