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Worcester Cathedral

 

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  • Worcester Cathedral at the turn of the century
  • The west front of Worcester Cathedral
  • Worcester Cathedral at night

Other Information

  • Worcester Cathedral was first founded in 680 by as with many cathedrals of this period nothing remains of it, except the crypt which dates from the 10th century.
  • The Normans rebuilt the Anglo Saxon cathedral in their own image starting in about 1080 although most of the current cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th century.
  • The Norman Crypt for a large part remains and was built from 1084-1089 although the eastern portion of it was filled in later to provide foundation support for the cathedral above. 744 square metres of floor space remains and is accessible to the public.
  • The tower is the earliest Perpendicular Gothic cathedral tower in England, and the basis for the design of Gloucester Cathedral. Originally it was topped by a substantial lead-covered wooden spire of unknown height but this was lost.
  • Buried in the church is King John of Robin Hood fame. His tomb features the oldest surviving royal effigy in the United Kingdom.
  • The cathedral was heavily restored by George Gilbert Scott and A E Perkins in the 1860s who fashioned it to make it even more Gothic.

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Renovation Architect
George Gilbert Scott

Reference Data

Reference No.
646
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
15-07-2010
 

Building Location

Address
10a College Green, Worcester. WR1 2LH
Council
Worcester City Council
County
Worcestershire
Region
West Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
950
Completion date
1375
Renovation Date
1868
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Gothic

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
62.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
59.70

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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