Manchester Cathedral

A Cathedral Church rather than anything as large as you might expect for such a great city. The structure is 15th Century, and the building has a curious shape, having acquired a variety of chantry chapels on either side until the whole thing became one broad oblong with no pretence at a nave plus transept cruciform shape. The exterior, as is apparent, is mostly redone 19th Century work, the square tower also, the rather splendid west porch by Basil Champneys from the very end of the century. Inside, again much 19th century, but the splendid roof is a recreation of the older work, reusing the original pieces where available, including the angels. Among other 15th century work is the fine wooden screen to the Lady Chapel, with several small but lively carved figures and animals among the other ornament, and, wholly out of the realm of these pages, the choir stalls installed in the 1500s, much carved wood and considered amongst the best still extant in the country. Various gargoyles under the windows and elsewhere throughout - older work and 19th century mixed together. No original stained glass though – it is all late 20th Century.

There are few 19th Century monuments to note:

We might note en passant the 1963 Carol Weight murals above the stone screen to the 15th Century Chapter House.

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