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Hereford Cathedral

 

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  • The nave of Hereford Cathedral
  • Hereford Cathedral

Other Information

  • Hereford Cathedral was founded by the saint and king Aethelbert of East Anglia in 793. The original cathedral however was destroyed in 1056 by marauding Welsh raiders.
  • Work on a new Norman cathedral started in 1079 and carried on until 1535.
  • Like Ely this version of the cathedral originally had two central towers but the West tower collaped in 1786 severly damaging the building. Work was started by James Wyatt, continued by George Gilbert Scott but it wasn't until 1904 that the cathedral officially reopened in its present form.
  • Hereford Cathedral is 104.2m long, the transcept is 44.5m wide and the nave is 19.5m tall.
  • The cathedral contains many great treasures, the most famous is Mappa Mundi, one of the finest illuminated medieval maps in existence showing the known world as it was believed to look at the time. There is also an Anglo-Saxon bible from between 750 and 850.

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Reference Data

Reference No.
965
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
25-01-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Cathedral Close, Hereford. HR1 2NG
Council
Herefordshire Council
County
Herefordshire
Region
West Midlands
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1217
Completion date
1535
Style
Gothic

Roof Height (AGL)
42.70

Market Data

Primary Use
Place of Worship


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