Ripon Cathedral

monastery on the site was founded around 660, by Wilfred, a monk from Lindisfarne, who built a Cathedral and became its abbot. The abbey may have been the first in England to take on the Benedictine Rule. At the time, both Celtic and Roman customs of worship were being followed. To overcome this confusion, Wilfred managed to persuade the Celtic church to follow the Roman ways.

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.[1] 
1080   Ripon monastery destroyed by Normans
 Ripon monastery destroyed by Normans.[1] 
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[2] 
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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