Southwark Cathedral

"The present building, doubtless, is a splendid church, much too large I think for a parish church, large enough, and quite worthy, as to style, to be converted into a cathedral, if the interior were re-arranged, and the galleries, the pews, the pulpit, the desk, and other obstructions were moved; but its situation is most unfortunate, and deplorable; it stands in a deep hole, surrounded closely on the north by high warehouses, on the south and west by a covered vegetable and fruit market, and immense warehouses, and by an ugly railway in a tube, and on the east by the roadway to London Bridge, which is nearly half as high as the roof of the church."
W J Meymott (1881)