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Lichfield Cathedral Also known as The Ladies of the Vale

 

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  • Lichfield Cathedral
  • Lichfield Cathedral frontage

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  • Work on the building started in 1195 and was completed in 1330 with the opening of the Lady Chapel.
  • There was a prior Norman cathedral on the area although it is believed a church dates back on the site to perhaps 700 a.d to mark the burial place of Saint Chad. It was decided to replace the Norman cathedral with a more extravagant and fashionable gothic building.
  • The Choir dates from 1200, the Transepts from 1220 to 1240 and the Nave was started in 1260. The octagonal Chapter House was completed in 1249, all an amazingly short period of time for a country which builds cathedrals over the period of hundreds of years.
  • The three spires rise to 78.863 metres for the central one, 59 metres for the north-west and 60.2 for the south-west.
  • Like many cathedrals it fell into disrepair between the Reformation and the Victorian era, the books were moved out of the library although the Lichfield Gospels, an 8th century illuminated manuscript, remain on display in the cathedral today in the Chapter House.
  • Worst of all the damage was the spire which was demolished during the Civil War to provide stone and not rebuilt until the 19th century.
  • Lichfield is unique amongst cathedrals as being the only medieval three-spired one in the whole of the UK.

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Developer
Diocese of Lichfield
Renovation Architect
George Gilbert Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
489
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
22-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
19a The Close, Lichfield. WS13 7LD
Council
Staffordshire County Council
County
Staffordshire
Region
West Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1195
Completion date
1330
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
76.83
Pinnacle Type
Spire

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Primary Use
Place of Worship


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