West Riding of Yorkshire
dedication: Cathedral Church
of St. Peter and St. Wilfrid
Became a Cathedral in 1836
Everything was rebuilt in the 12th Century and, as is usual with the great churches, continuously tinkered with over the following centuries.
The ‘trademark’ towers of the Cathedral were added in the 13th Century and have an almost Romanesque feel to them. The nave was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th Centuries after the central tower collapsed in 1450 taking most of the nave with it. Work continued until the 1530s when the Reformation halted work on the Cathedral as a Catholic Church. Work began again in the reign of King James I who re-founded the Cathedral as a Collegiate Church. As usual the Commonwealth was not a good time for the Cathedral and it lost much of its ancient stained glass during this period.
In 1836 Ripon became the first new Diocese created
Reformation and thus
Because the west front of the Cathedral is largely
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