In 926, Aethelstan visited Ripon as part of measures to establish he kingdom's boundaries. Soon after, the Vikings led by Eric Bloodaxe took over the areas around York, and in 948, Eadred moved north to remove this invaders destroying Ripon Cathedral in the process. Little is known of the history of the Cathedral until around 1180 when Archbishop Roger initiated a Norman church on the site. Building work continued and was modified and completed in around 1260 by Archbishop Walter de Grey. Archbishop Roger is linked to the death of Thomas Becket as Roger sided with Henry against Becket and was regarded as accessory to the murder.
|948||Eadred destroys the monastery at Ripon.|
|Eadred destroys the monastery at Ripon.|
|1080||Ripon monastery destroyed by Normans|
|Ripon monastery destroyed by Normans.|
|1132||Winter||Monks visit Ripon|
|A Group of monks from St. Mary's in York Arrive at Ripon. They go on to found Fountains Abbey|
|1154||Ripon Cathedral rebuilt|
|Under the direction of Archbishop Roger of York, Ripon Cathedral was rebuilt. Building work continued until 1180.|
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