Tuesday 19 August 2008

Gloucester Cathedral

Never posted. Bought July 2008.

Gloucester Cathedral seen from the south-east.

First founded in 678-9, not much was known about the religious community there until the Norman conquest in 1066. It was then rebuilt to be the cathedral we know today. In 1216 Henry III was crowned there, the only monarch since William I not to have been crowned in Westminster Abbey. After Edward II was buried there in 1327, considerable remodelling work was carried out at the east end.

It has a number of interesting American connections, one of which is that the person who wrote the music for The Star Spangled Banner, is buried here.

It is not the largest cathedral by any means, but one I like very much. It is a really lovely and welcoming place.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful cathedral and interesting to hear about the American connection :)


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