We entered the cathedral on a dark March afternoon, just in time for choir practice. Inside, all is warm pink and brown stone, absorbing the divine choral sounds.
Chester was founded on a Saxon minster and monastery to protect St Werberg’s remains from the hands of the dastardly Danes! With the arrival of the Normans it became a Benedictine Abbey.
By the hand of Henry VIII Chester was reinvented as a Cathedral. Since then it has been pulled about: A Victorian restoration, by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott included a refaced exterior and four corner turrets. Chester’s rather special Consistory Court is the only old remaining church court in the country, late C16.
An extract from English Cathedrals: A journey in drawings
This book is an affectionate voyage around the country capturing on paper the wonder of these very special places.
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