Worcester Cathedral

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A plan of Worcester Cathedral made in 1836.

Worcester Cathedral is the cathedral in Worcester, England; situated on a bank overlooking the River Severn. Its official name is The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Cathedral was founded in 680 with Bishop Bosel as its head. The first cathedral was built in this period but nothing now remains of it. The existing crypt of the cathedral dates from the 10th century and the time of St Oswald, bishop of Worcester. The current cathedral is 12th and 13th century with major restoration work done by Sir George Gilbert Scott and A E Perkins in the 1860s.

The Cathedral has the distinction of having the tomb of John I in its chancel. Before his death in Newark, John had requested to be buried at Worcester. He is buried between St Wulstan and St Oswald.

The cathedral has a memorial, Prince Arthur's Chantry, to the young prince Arthur Tudor, who is buried here. Arthur's younger brother and next in line for the throne was Henry VIII. Worcester Cathedral was doubtlessly spared destruction by Henry VIII during the English Reformation because of his brother's Chantry in the cathedral.

See: Aldred

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