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Posted on March 12, 2016 by Sioux under General
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I went into Gloucester for the day and the first place I headed to was the cathedral. Magnificent is all I can say to describe the place. Although the building of the cathedral began in 1089, there has been a place of worship on the site since about 700AD!

 

It started off as the St Peters Abbey church of Benedictine monks, but in 1540 King Henry VIII abolished the monasteries. The cathedral may well have been abandoned but for the fact that Edward II was buried there; and so the Abbey church was declared a cathedral. These photos simply don’t do justice to to size and beauty of the place!

The Tomb of King Edward II, inside Gloucester Cathedral, is the only monarch’s tomb in the South West and one of only a few outside of London. The tomb, commissioned by his son, Edward III, was visited by thousands of pilgrims, including Richard II in 1378. It’s presence may have discouraged Henry VIII from destroying the Abbey during the Reformation in the 1530’s.

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Robert Curthose was the eldest son of William the Conqueror.

Robert invaded England to reclaim the throne, from his brother Henry I, in 1101.

The resulting struggle between the two brothers lasted five years until Henry I won a decisive victory at the battle of Tinchebray in Normandy. Robert was captured and held prisoner at Devizes Castle and later at Cardif Castle where he was held until his death in 1134. He was buried in the Abbey church of St Peter which later became Gloucester Cathedral.

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These very blue stained glass windows were commissioned in 2013 to create a window in honour of Ivor Gurney, Gloucestershire’s famous poet composer. Gurney’s poetry was inspired by his beloved Gloucestershire countryside and many of the scenes are recognizable local landmarks.

The current daily running cost to ensure the cathedral stays open is GBP6,000, and there is no government funding, so daily tours are operated, photographers pay a ‘licence fee’. Three of the Harry Potter movies used the cloisters as part of the set, transforming some of the corridors into ‘areas within Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry’. The irony of it!

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4 responses to “Walking though history”

  1. Derrick Baney says:

    Awesome cathedral – Great shots Sioux

  2. margaretdessington says:

    Well darling, you have been a busy bee! Great blog, loving it!

  3. Pauline Smith says:

    Awesome pictures and just as wonderful history lesson.
    Keep it up

  4. Paul says:

    Certainly a grandiose structure. And once again, the stained glass windows are my favorite.

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