Full Dedication: Cathedral Church of the Holy and Indivisible
Became a Cathedral in 1541
Gloucester is one of the "three Cathedrals" (along with Hereford and Worcester) famed for it's annual Choir Competition.
A Saxon Abbey was founded here in 681, a third monastery was in existence when the Normans began building in 1089. After the murder of Edward II in nearby Berkeley Castle in 1327 a service was held here (his remains are still in the Cathedral) bringing in huge amounts of revenue to the Monks who spent the next 150 years turning their sombre Norman church into a massive Perpendicular-styled Cathedral of which Gloucester is one of the finest examples.
The large cloister has famed fan-vaulted roofing and is one of the largest extant cloisters in British Cathedrals.
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