Gloucester Cathedral

Posted: September 21, 2014 in Gloucestershire, UK
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On a recent trip to Gloucester I managed to wangle some time to visit Gloucester Cathedral. It was unexpected and I didnt even have a camera with me (Lesson to self: take camera even when you don’t expect to need it).

 

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“Gloucester Cathedral from Cloister, Gloucestershire, UK – Diliff” by Diliff – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gloucester_Cathedral_from_Cloister,_Gloucestershire,_UK_-_Diliff.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Gloucester_Cathedral_from_Cloister,_Gloucestershire,_UK_-_Diliff.jpg

Built between 1089 and 1130, this Norman Cathedral stands in the centre of the city. Its interior stone work has a pinkish hue due to the burning timbers of a roof fire about 900 years ago.This timber roof was replaced by a stone vaulted roof which was completed in 1242. It was originally the church of a Benedictine Abbey and King Edward the second was buried here in 1327.

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“Doorway Gloucester Cathedral – geograph.org.uk – 1736608” by Mark Holland – From geograph.org.uk. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Doorway_Gloucester_Cathedral_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1736608.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Doorway_Gloucester_Cathedral_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1736608.jpg

The abbey ceased to exist in 1540 with the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII. However the King wanted to honour the church because his ancestor Edward was buried there and so it was made a cathedral. It only narrowly survived the after-effects of the English Civil war as although only suffering minor damage Parliament laid plans to demolish it. However it survived due to the efforts of the mayor and people of Gloucester and it was re-confirmed as a Cathedral by Charles the second on the restoration of the monarchy. It was refurbished by Sir George Gilbert Scott in 1867 to 1873 but reamins much as it was when the last major building project (The Lady Chapel) was finished in 1470.

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“Gloucester Cathedral 5 Stevage” by Steve Bennett (stevage) – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gloucester_Cathedral_5_Stevage.jpeg#mediaviewer/File:Gloucester_Cathedral_5_Stevage.jpeg

I was struck by what an oasis of peace it was in the middle of a bustling city. Its stone walls had the ability to block out everything from outside and allow you to sit and think in peace and calm, sheltered from the world outside

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“Gloucester cathedral cloisters” by Saffron Blaze – Own work. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gloucester_cathedral_cloisters.jpeg#mediaviewer/File:Gloucester_cathedral_cloisters.jpeg

And then refreshed it was time to return to the city outside

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