View from King John's Tomb looking west.

View from King John’s Tomb looking west.

This evening, I am posting information on Worcester Cathedral  which is located in Western England. This Cathedral, which is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, has been a site of Christian worship for fourteen hundred years. A summary historical chronology is as follows:

  • Founded AD 680.
  • Replaced AD 983 by Saint Oswald. Adjacent monastery established.
  • Present building began AD 1084 by St. Wulfstan. This replaced the earlier cathedrals.
  • Became a centre of great learning with tradition starting in Saxon times and continuing through to the medieval era. Medieval textbooks can still be found in the Cathedral’s library.
  • Monastery disbanded 1540 under Henry VIII’s dissolution programme.
  • The building suffered extensive damage during the conflicts of the English Civil War ( 1642-51).
  • Various restoration initiatives were undertaken from late 17th century through to the 19th century with major work carried out 1854-75.
  • Worcester Cathedral has a long musical tradition cemented by local born composer, Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) who performed in the Cathedral at various Three Choirs concerts.

The Cathedral is of special architectural interest and contains features from:

  • Norman period ( 11th-12th centuries).
  • Transitional Norman ( late 12th century).
  • Early English (13th century).
  • Decorated style (early 14th century).
  • Perpendicular style ( late 14th century).

The key attractions of this cathedral include:

  • King John’s Tomb ( died 1216).

    East End of Worcester Cathedral with King John's Tomb in Foreground.

    East End of Worcester Cathedral with King John’s Tomb in Foreground.

  • Prince Arthur’s Chantry.
  • 12th century Chapter House.
  • St. Wulfstan’s Crypt.

    Crypt

    Crypt

  • Medieval cloisters.
  • Victorian stained glass.
    Victorian Stained Glass

    Victorian Stained Glass

    Medieval Wall Decoration

    Medieval Wall Decoration

  • Tower.

    Worcester Cathedral Tower

    Worcester Cathedral Tower

Entrance to Herb Garden

Entrance to Herb Garden

Worcester Cathedral West End

Worcester Cathedral West End

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