Chester Cathedral, Chester, Cheshire

Chester Cathedral was founded in 1092 as Benedictine Abbey – it has a fascinating and rich history, much like other historical sites in the county of Cheshire. Chester Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral and the mother church of the Diocese of Chester. The cathedral is located in the city of Chester, in Cheshire, England. The Chester Cathedral is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cathedral has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester since 1541. Chester Cathedral is a Grade I listed building in Cheshire and has been used for Christian worship since Roman times.

The History of Chester Cathedral

The city of Chester in Cheshire was an important Roman stronghold. The original church part of Chester Cathedral was built in Romanesque or Norman style. This can still be seen in parts of the Chester Cathedral today. According to historians, there may have been a Christian basilica on the site of the present cathedral in the late Roman era that was dedicated to Saint Paul and Saint Peter. The church was subsequently rebuilt from around 1250 onward in a Gothic style. This whole process took about 275 years and has resulted to the stunning structure that Chester Cathedral is today.

The Architecture of Chester Cathedral

Much like the cathedrals in Carlisle, Lichfield and Worcester, Chester Cathedral is built of new red sandstone from the Cheshire Basin. Chester Cathedral is one of the most heavily resorted cathedrals in England. The façade of the Chester Cathedral is dominated by a large deeply recessed eight-light window in the Perpendicular style that was probably designed in the early 1500s. The interior of the Chester Cathedral has a warm and mellow appearance due to the pinkish colour of the sandstone. The proportions of the cathedral appear spacious because the view from the west end of the nave to the east end of the nave is unimpeded by a pulpitum.