Love Durham Cathedral?Donate now

The church plate and metalwork associated with the life and liturgy of the Cathedral, its bishops and benefactors.

What does the word ‘plate’ mean?

It describes dishes, bowls, cups, and other utensils made completely of gold, silver, or other metal.


The Sanctuary Ring

The Romanesque bronze Sanctuary Ring is a rare and stunning example of 12th century European bronzework. It is of international importance.

A replica now hangs on the North Door, but you can view the original in the Open Treasure exhibition.

Still in use today

Bishop John Cosin restored large parts of the Cathedral in the 17th century. He donated some stunning silver-gilt plate in 1668. This has been used for our Christmas and Easter services ever since.

Discover more about our metalwork collections in our online catalogue ADLIB