Chester Cathedral

hester Cathedral has suffered decay over the years due partly to the use of the soft red sandstone in its construction leading to its restoration in Victorian times. It was not until Henry VIII that the church was raised to its cathedral status. A church on the site dates back to Saxon times when a shrine was built to dedicate to a saint. The saint was Werburgh, the daughter of the King of Mercia and her shrine can be found in the Lady chapel. The Benedictines took over the running of the church in the late eleventh century and lasted there until 1540. The north transept, north tower and parts of the cloister are all that remain of the early Norman church. The transepts are very different in age and size, the north transept is Norman and quite small while the south transept is dated around 1340 and much too big compared with the size of the nave. The chapter-house is rectangular with its original vaulted ceiling and dates to before 1250.

Dimensions: General

Total Length3550
West wall to east window2800
Length of nave1450
Height of nave780
Width of nave750
Height of tower1270
Area32220 sq.feet
Source: Medieval Monasteries and Minsters:Roberts;
1095   Monastery at Chester founded
 Hugh 'Lupus' d'Avaranches, the first Earl of Chester, founded a monastery at Chester. Later to become Chester Cathedral.[1] 


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