Cathedral Constables

 

Chester Cathedral is one of five Cathedrals in England to employ Cathedral Constables. Chester is the newest of the Constabularies to formed, however the history of Cathedral Constables dates back a few hundred years.

Ecclesiastical Constables were quite a common feature in our parishes during the 18th Century, but as far back as 1285 York Minster had first began to form what we know today as a Police Force. Between 1285 and 1839 York Minster had its own Liberty. The Liberty, known as the ‘Liberty of Saint Peter and Peter Prison,’ was the walled area which enclosed the Minster Close. Within the Liberty, the Dean and Chapter of York Minster held jurisdiction, and were able to appoint constables. Chester will join the other four Cathedrals in the world. They are, Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral; the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano, more commonly known as St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (the Swiss Guard, a small force maintained by the Holy See, is responsible for the safety of the Pope, including the security of the Apostolic Palace); and Washington's National Cathedral (USA). Although not as well known as the Swiss Guard, the Minster Police have served York Minster with loyal and distinguished service for many hundreds of years. Although Liverpool Cathedral employs constables, its officers have never been attested or its small constabulary designated as a police force. (source Cathedral Constables Association)

Cathedral Constables not only provide a uniformed deterrent, but also feature in looking after the wellbeing and safeguarding of the fabric of our Cathedrals into the future.

If you would like to be considered for one of the positions as a Volunteer Cathedral Constable, then please get in touch with Chris, who will be pleased to speak to you. He can be contacted on 01244 500952 or email headconstable@chestercathedral.com


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