Leicester Cathedral, England

This evening, I am focusing on Leicester Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St. Martin, which was granted Cathedral status in relatively recent times, 1927. Leicester Cathedral forms part of the Anglican Communion ( Church of England).

Inside Leicester Cathedral, England

A brief chronology is as follows:

  • A Saxon bishop fled Leicester in the 9th century to escape invading Danes. Approximately 1000 years elapsed before cathedral status was reacquired.
  • The current building as evolved from a Norman church which was built in the late 11th century.
  • Rebuilding and enlargement was undertaken in the 13th and 15th centuries.
  • In the 19th century extensive rebuilding and restoration work was undertaken under guidance of Victorian architect, Raphael Brandon. At this time a 220 ft spire was added.

The architecture is of the Gothic style.

The building comprises a large Nave and Chancel. There are two chancel chapels and three separate chapels, each dedicated to a separate saint.

The Cathedral has a close association with King Richard III (1452-1485) whose forces were defeated at the Battle of Bosworth  in 1485. This battle was fought a few miles south-west of Leicester.

Richard III Portrait in Leicester Cathedral, England

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