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Ripon Cathedral
Ripon, North Yorkshire
Ripon Cathedral
associated engineer
date  1175-1230
era  Medieval  |  category  Cathedral  |  reference  SE313711
photo  Jane Joyce
The present early Gothic building became a cathedral in 1836. It began life as a Minster in 1175, founded by Roger, Archbishop of York, on the site of an earlier church founded by St Wilfred (dedicated c672).
The Archbishop of York's work was completed by his successor Walter de Gray who oversaw the building of the Early English west front. Later alterations are by Scott.
A number of changes have been made over the years. The chancel was enlarged and rebuilt c1300. Originally, the crossing tower had a spire, which collapsed in 1615: two other towers were removed from West Front in 1664.
The crypt survives from St Wilfred's building and is the oldest post-Roman vault in England, one of only two such spaces left from English Christianity's first century.
"The Story of Ripon"
Maurice Taylor
MH & DM Taylor, Ripon, 1998 [ pamphlet ]

Ripon Cathedral