Full dedication: Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Mary, St. Denys
and St. George
Became a Cathedral in 1847
Considering the size of Manchester it's Cathedral seems remarkably small and unassuming. This is partially because the building was started long before Manchester became an industrial centre. It is an English Perpendicular church built in the 15th Century on the site of a Saxon Monastery. The upper section of the tower was rebuilt in 1867.
The Cathedral gives the impression of being extra wide because it has two aisles rather than just the one.
It was badly damaged by bombing during World War II and the Lady Chapel and Manchester Regiment Chapel were both completely rebuilt afterwards.
Manchester's Roman Catholic Cathedral is across the River Irwell in Salford.
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