English Cathedral Architecture: St Paul’s to the Present Day


From St Paul's to St Edmundsbury via Westminster, Liverpool, Guildford and Coventry, the Reformation did not end cathedral building in England. We will investigate the architectural response to expanding congregations.  Outstanding post-Reformation architecture started with Wren's post-fire  replacement of Old St Paul's. Birmingham and Derby are magnificent parish churches chosen for new 20th century dioceses. Pugin designed for the Catholic church in Birmingham and Southwark. Liverpool saw remarkable rivalry as Anglican and Catholic cathedrals took shape from the designs of Scott, Lutyens and Gibberd.  Maufe's cathedral for the new diocese of Guildford contrasted strikingly with Spence's remarkable design for Coventry.

This course is part of the Oxford University Summer School for Adults (OUSSA) programme.

Programme details


Participants are taught in small seminar groups of up to 12 students, and receive two one-on-one tutorials with their tutor.

Seminar 1 : Sun, 9.00am–10.30am

Introduction – Anglican and Catholic cathedrals since the 1600s

Seminar 2 : Sun, 11.00am–12.30pm

St Paul’s cathedral part one – the planning

Seminar 3 : Mon, 9.00am–10.30am

St Paul’s cathedral part two – the building

Seminar 4 : Mon, 11.00am–12.30pm

Birmingham and Derby – churches adopted for new Anglican dioceses

Seminar 5 : Tue, 9.00am–10.30am

Truro – revival of the Early English style of Gothic

Seminar 6 : Tue, 11.00am–12.30pm

Leicester, Bradford and St Edmundsbury – more historic churches adopted for new Anglican dioceses

Seminar 7 : Wed, 9.00am–10.30am

Pugin’s cathedrals – designing for the Catholic church in the mid 1800s

Seminar 8 : Wed, 11.00am–12.30pm

Arundel and Norwich – new Catholic cathedrals in traditional styles

Seminar 9 : Thu, 9.00am–10.30am

A new cathedral church of the 1890s fit for the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster

Seminar 10 : Thu, 11.00am–12.30pm 

Portsmouth, Clifton and Brentwood – modern building for new dioceses

Seminar 11 : Fri, 9.00am–10.30am

Contrasting twentieth century Anglican and Catholic cathedrals in Liverpool

Seminar 12 : Fri, 11.00am–12.30pm

Guildford and Coventry – modern cathedral buildings for the Anglican church


Description Costs
Fee Option 1 (Single en suite - inc. Tuition and Meals) £1850.00
Fee Option 2 (Double en suite - inc. Tuition and Meals) 1 person £1940.00
Fee Option 3 (Twin en suite - inc. Tuition and Meals) per perso £1550.00
Fee Option 4 (No Accommodation - inc. Tuition, Lunch & Dinner) £1050.00


Concessionary rates are available on a non-residential basis for those that qualify, more information can be found here

Unfortunately we do not offer any specific scholarships or funding opportunities for OUSSA programme, but you can visit our departmental funding webpage, where you may be able to find a particular source of funding that matches your requirements alongside meeting the funding criteria.


All fees are charged on a per week, per person basis.

Please be aware that all payments made via non-UK credit/debit cards and bank accounts are subject to the exchange rate on the day they are processed.

Tuition and meals are included in the programme fee, with both residential and non-residential options available.

Course change administration fee: Please note that course transfers may be permitted in exceptional circumstances; however, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions, an administration fee of £50 will be charged.

Payment terms

  • If enrolling online: full payment by credit/debit card at the time of booking
  • If submitting an application form: full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of invoice date

Cancellations and Refunds

1. Cancellation by you

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator in writing: by email to oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk or by post to OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK.

The following cancellation and refund policy applies in all cases:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of online enrolment / payment of fees – full refund of all fees paid.
  • Cancellations received up to and including 30 April 2024 – OUDCE will retain an administration fee of £100 per week booked; all other fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received between 1-31 May 2024 – OUDCE will retain 60% of the fees paid; the remaining 40% of fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received on and after 1 June 2024 - no refunds will be made.

2. Cancellation by us

Where there is good reason, OUDCE reserves the right to cancel a course by giving you notice in writing at any time before the course is due to start. In these cases, we will endeavour to offer a transfer to another available course if practical and acceptable to you, subject to payment or refund of any difference in the course fees. Alternatively, we will refund the course fees that you have already paid. If we cancel a course, our liability is limited to the fees that we have received from you; this means that we will not compensate you for any pre-booked travel costs or any other expenses incurred. The status of this course will be reviewed on 1 May 2024. If it is likely that the course may be cancelled, anyone affected will be notified by email within 7 days; if you have not heard from OUDCE by 8 May 2024, you should assume that your course will be running. You may wish to delay finalising your travel arrangements until after this date.

OUDCE reserves the right to cancel a course at short notice in exceptional circumstances that would prevent the course from being delivered e.g. tutor illness. In these rare instances, we will notify you as soon as possible and arrange a transfer to another available Oxford Experience course. If we cancel a course, our liability is limited to the fees that we have received from you; this means that we will not compensate you for any pre-booked travel costs or any other expenses incurred.

Where course fees have been paid in currencies other than pounds sterling, refunds will be subject to the exchange rate on the day they are processed.

3. Travel insurance 

The Department cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur in relation to travel or accommodation bookings as a result of a course cancellation, or if you are unable to attend the course for any other reason. You are advised to check cancellation policies carefully and to purchase travel insurance.


Mr Keith Hasted


Keith Hasted's initial research focused on Italian Renaissance palace architecture - he has since added a special interest in the architecture of cathedrals, and has a recent book on Modernist architecture published in 2019. He is a tutor for the Oxford University Continuing Education programme and Summer School and for the WEA.

Course aims

This course aims to enable course members to investigate the architecture of English cathedrals since the Reformation and consider the variety of architectural styles used to build or modify these churches to meet the needs of new dioceses.

Teaching methods

Participants will be taught in seminar groups of up to 12 people. The teaching methods used during this course may include:

  • Short lectures/presentations
  • Physical handouts
  • Seminars/group discussions
  • Student presentations
  • Video/Audio recordings

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be expected to understand:

  • the way in which new work was carried out - in particular to recognise the architectural styles.
  • the functional success of the approach adopted (new build, existing parish church, existing church developed with substantial new work).
  • how the architects engaged to design new buildings or undertake remodelling work approached their projects.
  • Within the great range of eventual cathedral forms what are the key elements required to enable a church building to function as a cathedral.

Assessment methods

Participants are required to undertake preparatory reading and complete a pre-course assignment of 1,500 words. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing your ideas and is mandatory. The pre-course assignment is typically due in the first week of June.

You will be assessed during the summer school by either a 1,000 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. Participants will attend two one-on-one tutorials with their tutor during the week.

OUSSA is an accredited summer school taught at undergraduate level; each one-week course carries 10 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points at FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) Level 4. Learn more about CATS points.

Certificate of Higher Education

Credit earned from OUSSA can be transferred towards our flexible Certificate of Higher Education.

Study when and where it suits you by gaining credit from short courses, including short online courses, weekly classes and OUSSA, and build your way to an Oxford University award. This part-time undergraduate programme lasts between two and four years depending on how intensively you want to study.  

Find out more about the Certificate of Higher Education


Most courses fill quickly so early registration is strongly recommended. If your preferred course is fully booked, you may wish to add yourself to the waiting list and the Programme Administrator will contact you should a place become available.

Please note, the programme is only open to those over the age of 18.

Single accommodation, double room for 1 person and non-residential places may be booked online by clicking on the “Book now” button in the “Course details” box at the top right-hand side of the course page.

Those requiring twin or double accommodation should complete an enrolment form as these rooms cannot be booked online. Please send the completed enrolment form to the email address below. Both the PDF and Word option of the form below are editable, so you can complete them online before saving and sending to us as an email attachment. You do not need to print and scan them. (Please use these forms only if you are making a twin or double booking for two people)

Online enrolments require payment in full at the time of registering.

Those who do not wish to register online or who have specific requirements (e.g. the accessible bedroom) should contact the Programme Administrator directly at oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk or OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK


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