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8b. Worcester: The Cathedral

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Worcester Anglican Cathedral - The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Mary the Virgin, 8 College Yard.

Worcester Cathedral is an Anglican Cathedral situated on a raised bank above the River Severn.  Worcester Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Worcester.  Much of what you see of the building today of Worcester Cathedral was built between 1084 and 1504.   Worcester Cathedral was founded in AD 680 by the Northumbrian priest Bishop Tatwine.

See also 8a. Worcester: Miscellaneous buildings

8c. Worcester: The fine old buildings of Friar Street  and  8d. Down by the River Severn

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statue to the famous composer Edward Elgar near Worcester Cathedral England Memorial to the men of Worcestershire who lost their lives in South Africa in the Boer War from AD 1899-1902 near Worcester Cathedral England

Two statues in Cathedral Plaza, near the entrance to Worcester Cathedral.  Left: Memorial statue to the famous composer Edward Elgar. Right: Memorial to the men of Worcestershire who lost their lives in South Africa in the Boer War from AD 1899-1902.

 

Worcester Cathedral England

Worcester Cathedral set above the banks of the River Severn.

Worcester Cathedral set above the banks of the River Severn England

 

Gothic Nave of Worcester Cathedral England

A general view east down the nave of Worcester Cathedral. Saint

Oswald built a cathedral in 983, but St Wulfstan began the present building in 1084, only 18 years after the Norman Conquest of 1066.

 

stone roof vaulting of the nave of Worcester Cathedral England

The exquisite stone vaulting of the nave roof of Worcester Cathedral.

In Anglo-Saxon times, Worcester Cathedral was one of the most important monastic cathedrals in the country. Worcester Cathedral was a centre of great learning, which continued into the later medieval period, when Worcester’s Benedictine monks studied a variety of subjects e.g. theology, medicine, law, history, mathematics, physics, and astronomy.

 chancel - altar and east window of Worcester Cathedral England

The beautiful architecture of the Early English Quire - the chancel, altar and east window of Worcester Cathedral.

The monastery of Worcester Cathedral continued to function until 1540 when Henry VIII dissolved it as part of the dissolution of the monasteries in the mid 16th century.

 Worcester Cathedral was badly damaged in the English Civil War requiring a major programme of rebuilding after the Restoration of Charles II.

From the late seventeenth until the nineteenth centuries there have been many projects restoring parts of the Cathedral, including a major programme by the Victorians from 1864-75.

 

tomb of Sir John Beauchamp of Powick and Alcester Worcester Cathedral England

Worcester Cathedral: The tomb of Sir John Beauchamp of Powick and Alcester, born circa 1330, died circa 1389, and his wife Elizabeth Pateshill.

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Details of the tomb effigies of Sir Thomas Beauchamp and his wife Elizabeth Cateshill Worcester Cathedral England

Details of the tomb effigies of Sir Thomas Beauchamp and his wife Elizabeth Cateshill.

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Tomb of King John Worcester Cathedral England

The Tomb of King John, born 1166, died the night of 18th/19th October 1216, buried in Worcester Cathedral in accordance with his will.

Heraldry on the tomb of King John Worcester Cathedral England

 

Crypt of St WulfstanCrypt of St Wulfstan Worcester Cathedral England

The Crypt of St Wulfstan, built in 1084 and now designated a 'Chapel of Unity'.

Worcester Cathedral England

remarkable surviving architecture of the crypt of carved columns capitals Worcester Cathedral England

The remarkable surviving architecture of the crypt of Worcester Cathedral finely carved capitals and columns.

Worcester Cathedral England

 

Prince Arthur's Tomb and Chantry Chapel Worcester Cathedral England

Prince Arthur's Tomb and Chantry Chapel. The Prince is buried beneath the narrow Chantry chapel.

Worcester Cathedral England

Heraldric carvings on the walls of Prince Arthur's tomb Worcester Cathedral England

Some of the fine heraldic carving on the walls of Prince Arthur's tomb.

Worcester Cathedral England

The chance illumination of the carved bird on Prince Arthur's tomb in Worcester Cathedral.

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The Cloisters and Chapter House

The famous Cloisters of Worcester Cathedral England

The justly famous cloisters of Worcester Cathedral.

 

roof vaulting and bosses of the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral England

The roof vaulting and bosses of the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral.

 

Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral England

The Chapter House of Worcester Cathedral, now used as a socially distanced cafe extension in the covid-19 year of 2021.

The Chapter House dates from the 12th century and believed to be the first round chapter house in the world.

 

Cloiseter gardens of Worcester Cathedral England

The gardens of the cloisters of Worcester Cathedral.

 

The great tower of Worcester Cathedral England

A view of the great tower of Worcester Cathedral from the cloisters garden.

 

Edgar gatehouse tower College Green Worcester Cathedral England

The twin towers of the  medieval Edgar Gate, the Edgar Tower entrance to the College Green.

This scheduled listed monument is primarily a gatehouse located on the east side of the College Green and part of Worcester Cathedral Precincts. The Edgar gatehouse tower was rebuilt between 1300 and 1335, remodelled in 1369 and restored during the late 19th century. The Edgar gatehouse is constructed from coursed red sandstone.



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