Soke of Peterborough

Peterborough Cathedral, Soke of Peterborough

Full dedication: Cathedral Church of St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Andrew
Became a Cathedral in 1541

A Monastery was built here to house various relics, but mostly the 'uncorrupted' arm of King Oswald of Northumbria in the 11th century.  However, much of the town and the Monastery were destroyed during the rebellion of Hereward the Wake and subsequently the church was rebuilt as an Abbey, the basis of the Cathedral we see today.

The most prominent and remarkable feature of Peterborough Cathedral is the porch to the west front (pictures above) with it's three massive arches. This dates from the 1300s.  Inside one of the chief glories is the wooden ceiling in the nave which dates to 1220.  The Cathedral's interior is one of the most unspoilt Norman interiors in Britain.

The central tower was rebuilt in the 19th Century.  Catherine of Aragon is buried here, as too was Mary, Queen of Scots until her son, James VI and I, came to the English throne at which time he had her re-interred in Westminster Abbey.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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