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Manchester Cathedral Also known as The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester

 

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  • A church has stood on the site of the cathedral since 923. This was mentioned in the doomsday book as 'St Mary's'
  • The current building began construction in 1215, it was expanded and altered numerous times over the next 6 centuries.
  • In 1421 it was upgraded from a parish to a collegiate church, it became Manchester Cathedral when the Diocese of Manchester was created in 1847.
  • The west front was over-reconstructed by Basil Champneys in Gothic style to pay tribute to Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1897 with the addition of the 'Victoria Porch'.
  • Unusually for such a small cathedral it has a very wide nave of about 35m.
  • The oldest remaining part of the structure are the tower support pillars which date from 1380.
  • The current tower was built was from 1864-1868 after the previous one, built in 1360, was demolished due to it's poor structural condition.
  • It sustained a direct hit from the German Luftwaffe in 1940, the bomb destroyed a large part of the building. Rebuilding took 20 years.
  • In 1996 the IRA bomb on nearby Corporation Street caused a shock-wave that destroyed many of the cathedrals stained glass windows.

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Architect
Basil Champneys

Reference Data

Reference No.
448
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
03-08-2013
 

Building Location

Address
Victoria Street, Manchester. M3 1SX
Council
Manchester City Council
County
Greater Manchester
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1215
Completion date
1897
Style
Gothic Revival

Roof Height (AGL)
42.50

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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