Beneath the crossing at Ripon is what is left of a crypt AD 672; no other cathedral has anything as ancient under its stones. Originally St Wilfred, the missionary, returned from Rome and built his church on a basilican pattern. Every piece was swept away in 950. In 1080 the Normans moved in.
However Ripon is prized for its Early English and Transitional styles, there is a ripping example of the latter in the south transept wall with a mix of semi-circular and pointed arches.
Sir Ninian Comper, a Scottish born architect and one of the last of the great Gothic Revival architects contributes an eastern reredos (1922).
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