Manchester Cathedral seems tucked out of the way in the city centre and its not a huge building when compared to somewhere like York Minster but its still worth a peep inisde to see some of its features.
wonderful and inspiring 14th century medium sized church building with later additions; most noteworthy the wonderfull 20th-century stained glass windows by Anthony Hollaway
TIP: attend a service, they have a remarkable choir (close connection to the nearby Chetham's School of Music)
A bit disappointing for a city of this size - it''s no York Minster, nor even a Liverpool Anglican. It's not even as big as the Parish Church of Hull... but it is nice and worth a few minutes of your time.
This Cathedral is the 3rd one to be on this site since the 9th century. Unfortunately there's not really a lot of the older structures remaining, just some stone by the choir and a 14th century arch by the tower.
What is surprising is that the building is here at all considering that in 1940 a 1000lb bomb pretty much destroyed the interior and knocked out all the stained glass. More damage was done in 1996 by the IRA bomb, but that's been pretty much restored.
Go and see the Cathedral. Ok, it may be small but it's amazing!
It has many great features, not least the best medieval woodwork in the north of England. You can ask one of the guides (a nice-looking one if you can!)to give you a personal tour, if not make sure you buy the cheap guide to the wood carvings to help you out. Have a look at the monument that Robert Lever put up to his dead children in the 1600's - but beware, the verse on the tomb can make you feel really emotional. If you have chance attend Sung Evensong.
Today's Manchester Cathedral has taken 600 years in the making. It was dedicated by Henry V th to St Mary, St Denys and St George, and is built in the Perpendicular Gothic style, typified by its tall windows and flat fan-vaulted ceilings.
It was in 1421-2 that the parish church of the little known village that was to become Manchester was raised to the status of a Collegiate Church, and served the surrounding 60 square mile parish
In 1940, the building sustained a direct hit during the Manchester blitz in December of that year, and much collateral damage was sustained, many fine windows being lost forever. Fortunately, much of the woodcarving survived the bombing, and the particularly fine choir stalls and misericords (choir seats) are worth seeing. Saxon stone fragments survive from the 8th century.
Have a visit to the Manchester Cathedral.
Manchester Cathedral began as a fortress chapel, though whether that fortress was part of the Anglo-Saxon network of burghs established against the Danes, or a Norman castle for keeping Anglo-Saxons in check, no one knows. The puzzle is complicated because there was also an old Roman fort a mile away at Castlefield, where archaeologists dug up the earliest evidence we have of Christians in Britain. The Sator-Rotas inscription (the Paternoster in secret code) was scratched on of a fragment of storage jar, c.175 AD. This is evidence of Christians but not necessarily of a church building.
It was pleasant to find the cathedral, so close to the city centre. Sadly we could not enter it due to some maintenance that was being undertaken.
Simple but beautiful, it has remainings of the first church erected at this spot about a thousand years ago...
The Manchester Cathedral is a beautiful building both inside and out and is worth a visit on any trip into manchester city centre.