Oxford Cathedral, Oxfordshire

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of Christ
Became a Cathedral in 1545

England's smallest Cathedral, Oxford is hidden amongst the buildings of Christchurch College. It is best seen from the Riverside park.

Although it actually has the largest Diocese in England (almost) its small size is because of its construction as a College Chapel, rather than a Cathedral. Its spire is considered the earliest surviving spire in England, dating to around 1230.

Until 1525 the structure was St Frideswide's Priory, Henry VIII refounded the College as Christchurch in 1542 and the Cathedra was moved here three years later. Charles I stayed in Christchurch during the Civil War when the City of Oxford was one of his staunchest allies.

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