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    (Original post by ChemistBoy)
    Well it is that cathedral church of the diocese and seat of the Bishop of Oxford, all it requires to be a cathedral church. It is neither the oldest, newest, largest or smallest cathedral in Britain. I'd say it looks very roomy when compared to St Asaph's for example.
    I think it's just my London snobbery. It's titchy imho

    Then again, I've not seen St Asaph's :nah:
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    It has nothing to do with cathedrals now, it's down to the granting of a royal charter.
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    (Original post by Aphotic Cosmos)
    There's no such restriction these days, it's just that most places large enough to be considered cities by any measure have cathedrals.

    But I wish the government would hurry up and designate some really obvious choices as cities. Reading? Swindon? Populations over 100,000, substantial economic output, but no cigar apparently. Get on it!
    Reading should be a city, but Swindon is 'the ******** of the world'.
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    I don't think city status should be awarded for having one specific thing, be it cathedral or university.
    It should be based on population as well as general resources and perhaps area too.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    I think it's just my London snobbery. It's titchy imho

    Then again, I've not seen St Asaph's :nah:
    Christ Church is positively roomy when you look at the new St Germans in Peel. The Cathedral of the Isles in Cumbrae is tiny and as for Oban, it is totally unfinished and held together by RSJs. Carlisle is a bit on the diminutive side as well.
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    I think I'm not wrong in saying Cambridge has been designated city status despite lacking a cathedral.
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    The OP is extremely ignorant!
    A city is not defined by having a cathedral. 18 cities don't have cathedrals!
    http://lovemytown.co.uk/citystatus/index.htm
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    Absolutely. Bring on the City of Lampeter: population 1,900!
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    It should be defined by having a temple

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