Hereford Cathedral, Hereford

Full Dedication: Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Ethelbert
Became a Cathedral in 676 AD

The first Cathedral was constructed by one Putta in 676 AD. He was on the run from the sacking of Rochester Cathedral that year and settled in Hereford. It is said he began the tradition of teaching pupils in music and song which is a direct precursor to the "Three Choirs" competition of the present day.

In 792 Ethlebert was martyred and buried here and the Cathedral's dedication was altered to reflect that fact. The Cathedral we recognise today was begun around 1145 with the majority of the other work complete by 1375 when the choir was completed.

The crypt houses one of only three copies of the Mappa Mundi (Map of the World) which dates to around 1290 and is considered to be earliest map of the world created.

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