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Chester Cathedral



Chester Cathedral dates back to 907AD and is the most complete medieval monastic building still standing in the UK. Originally was a Saxon Minster in the name of Saint Werburgh, centuries later was rebuilt as a Benedictine Monastery in 1092 and was rededicated as the Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1542, following the dissolution of the monasteries.

The second church on the site was built by Hugh "Lupus" (the Wolf), Earl of Chester, in 1092 with the help of Anselm of Bec, later Archbishop of Canterbury.

The church was raised to cathedral status by Henry VIII. In the interim Chester gained magnificent woodcarving in the choirstalls (about 1380).

The Cathedral boasts splendid stained glass windows and brilliant sculptures and fabrics. The Bell Tower was introduced to the grounds under Dean Addleshaw in 1975. The present building contains material from every century since the tenth as the Cathedral grew out of three previous churches.

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