Friday, 28 October 2016

Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford - just down the road

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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This is a cathedral for your pocket. Oxford, the spiritual home of Le Carré and Charles Ryder, boasts one of the smallest Anglican cathedrals.

Romanesque thanks to the Augustinian monks who started work in 1150, to build a monastery church. Henry VIII founded Christ Church college and the church became a cathedral.

The Becket Window, c.1332, is the oldest in the cathedral with a rare panel showing the martyrdom of Thomas Becket. Much later Edward Burne-Jones contributed the St Frideswide colourful glass window telling the story of this local saint. Bringing us bang up to date is the Bell Altar by Jim Partridge (2000) dedicated to Bishop George Bell, Bishop of Chichester, who opposed the bombing of German cities in WWII. Christ Church is unique as it serves as a cathedral and a college chapel.

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