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The Grade I Listed Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Gloucester Cathedral, or in full the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity in Gloucester, stands in the north of the city near the River Severn. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter.

The foundations of the present church were laid by Abbot Serlo (1072–1104). Walter Gloucester the abbey's historian, became its first mitred abbot in 1381. Until 1541, Gloucester lay in the see of Worcester, but the separate see was then constituted, with John Wakeman, last abbot of Tewkesbury, as its first bishop. The diocese covers the greater part of Gloucestershire, with small parts of Herefordshire and Wiltshire. The cathedral has a stained glass window containing the earliest images of golf. This dates from 1350, over 300 years earlier than the earliest image of golf from Scotland. There is also a carved image of people playing a ball game, believed by some to be one of the earliest images of medieval football.

The cathedral, built as the abbey church, consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every style of Gothic architecture. It is 420 feet (130 m) long, and 144 feet (44 m) wide, with a fine central tower of the 15th century rising to the height of 225 ft (69 m) and topped by four delicate pinnacles, a famous landmark. The nave is massive Norman with an Early English roof; the crypt, under the choir, aisles and chapels, is Norman, as is the chapter house. The crypt is one of the four apsidal cathedral crypts in England, the others being at Worcester, Winchester and Canterbury.

The south porch is in the Perpendicular style, with a fan-vaulted roof, as also is the north transept, the south being transitional Decorated Gothic. The choir has Perpendicular tracery over Norman work, with an apsidal chapel on each side: the choir vaulting is particularly rich. The late Decorated east window is partly filled with surviving medieval stained glass. Between the apsidal chapels is a cross Lady chapel, and north of the nave are the cloisters, the carrels or stalls for the monks' study and writing lying to the south. The cloisters at Gloucester are the earliest surviving fan vaults, having been designed between 1351 and 1377 by Thomas de Cambridge.

The most notable monument is the canopied shrine of King Edward II of England who was murdered at nearby Berkeley Castle. The building and sanctuary were enriched by the visits of pilgrims to this shrine. In a side-chapel is a monument in coloured bog oak of Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror and a great benefactor of the abbey, who was interred there. Monuments of Bishop Warburton and Dr Edward Jenner are also worthy of note.

Between 1873 and 1890, and in 1897, the cathedral was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Tags:   Gloucester Gloucestershire West Midlands Midlands England English UK United Kingdom GB Great Britain Britain British West Mercia Gloucester Cathedral Cathedral Church Chapel Worship Religion Christ Christian Christianity Church of England Roman Catholic Romanesque Gothic Grade I Listed Listed Building Grade I Listed Building Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity Abbot Serlo Saint Peter John Wakeman Walter de Lacy Norman Thomas de Cambridge Sir George Gilbert Scott

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Cheltenham & District 120 (LWS 38Y) seen here arriving at Gloucester Bus Station on October 14th 1997 was one of a batch of fourteen Roe bodied Leyland Olympian ONLXB/1R new to Bristol Omnibus in 1983. Allocated to Stroud depot it carriedf 'Stegecoach Stroud Valleys' fleetnames.

Tags:   LWS38Y Leyland Olympian Roe Bristol Omnibus Cheltenham & District Stagecoach Stroud Valleys Gloucester

N 2 B 359 C 1 E Oct 18, 2014 F Oct 21, 2014
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By Flava.
Fresh graffiti/street art in Greyfriars, Gloucester.

Tags:   Gloucestershire Gloucester Greyfriars graffiti street art art public wall paint FLAVA pink blue urban city decay


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