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The group was founded in 1991 as an informal association of non-cathedral churches which, by virtue of their great age, size, historical, architectural, or ecclesiastical importance, display many of the characteristics of a cathedral. Most churches in the group also fulfil a role which is additional to that of a normal parish church.

We aims to provide help and mutual support in dealing with the special problems of running a ‘cathedral-like’ church within the organisational and financial structure of a parish church; to enhance the quality of parish worship in such churches; and to promote wider recognition of the unique position and needs of churches in this category.

We also serve as a channel of communication for other organisations wishing to have contact with churches of this type.