Hereford Cathedral...

by David Swatton June. 11, 2019 500 views

Hereford, our county town, is 30 minutes drive away and as I was there yesterday I went for a wander round the cathedral.

Here's a quick summary of its history:

696 - original church on the site founded

794 - Ethelbert, the King of the East Angles, visiting King Offa of Mercia (of Offa's Dyke fame), is murdered and his remains are interred in Hereford Cathedral - after his acclamation as a saint, the cathedral is dedicated to him jointly with the Virgin Mary.

1107-48 - the cathedral is re-built in Norman style and this is the earliest building visible today

c 1300 - Mappa Mundi, the only complete world map of its kind to have survived, is made and remains today in the cathedral museum

1538 - the Dissolution under Henry VIII leads to the removal of many of the cathedral's treasures

1611 - the Chained Library, the world’s largest surviving example, which is still in the cathedral, is created

1841–63 - major restorations of the cathedral.

The cathedral from across the River Wye

The cathedral from across the River Wye

With the Edward Elgar statue in the foreground

With the Edward Elgar statue in the foreground

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

Fantastic photos. #5 gorgeous!

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Varsha Arun 1 year, 1 month ago

#1 and #2 are surreal!!! WOW

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Gerry Walker 1 year, 1 month ago

Great photos, stunning detail and history

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Russell Smith 1 year, 1 month ago

I love this series. They flow nicely together. The stained glass photo you nailed it quite well.

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 1 month ago

Great set of photos, David. You've really captured the mood in #1 and the stained glass in the last photo is beautiful - not always an easy thing to photograph.

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Marilyn Grimble 1 year, 1 month ago

Superb series, often visited when our children were small and my parents lived in Brecon. Good memories. Mx

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