Friday, January 25, 2013

Ripon Cathedral, Part 1 - Anglophile Friday

 Ripon Cathedral

For all you Downton Abbey fans, you know that Bates (that eternal pessimist) and Anna (the eternal optimist) were married in Ripon, although they were married in the Registrar's office, not the Cathedral. I can't find a registration office in Ripon, so I think Malton would have been where the civil marriage ceremony would have taken place...if the story were true, of course, and if Anna were foolish enough to marry someone with such a negative attitude.

Nevertheless, this week's Anglophile Friday contains a few photos of Ripon Cathedral - mostly windows. I will post the others next week.

Just 20 miles southeast of Leyburn in the Yorkshire Dales lies the city of Ripon.  Ripon Cathedral was begun in 660 AD by St. Wilfrid, the son of an Anglo Saxon noble. After living in a Celtic monastery at Lindisfarne, Wilfrid, at age 18, made the trip to Rome (still can't get over how these people managed to travel in those days!). The next three years there changed his life and he made the decision to become a monk.


A Brief History of Ripon Cathedral

"Ripon Cathedral was founded by St Wilfrid (c. 634-709), who brought craftsmen from the continent to build a new stone church dedicated to St Peter, in 672. The only part of Wilfrid’s church to survive, however, is the ancient Saxon crypt.

"Much of the church you see today dates from the 12th century, though most of the nave was substantially rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries.For this reason, the building contains a variety of architectural styles. Thus the splendid Early English west front dates from the early 13th century, while the transepts (the ‘arms’ of a cruciform church) – combining rounded Norman with pointed Gothic arches – are an interesting example of the late 12th century Transitional style.

"The nave was largely rebuilt in the Perpendicular (late Gothic) style after the central tower collapsed in 1450, when the side-aisles were also added. Work was halted, however, by the disruptions of the Reformation in the 1530s, which is why to this day there are incomplete pillars and mismatched arches under the central tower.

"In 1604 Ripon was re-founded by King James I as a collegiate church, and although the Chapter (the governing body) was dissolved again during the Commonwealth (1649-60), it was reinstated following the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II in 1660. In 1836 Ripon Minster became a Cathedral with the creation of the first new diocese in England since the Reformation."

l. Melchizedek, King, Priest
r. Moses, Lawgiver

Clerestory Windows

 Under the Nave, Passageway to the Crypt, 
built in 672 by Wilfrid, who tried to replicate 
 what he thought Christ's tomb would have looked like.

The Crypt
c. 672
 He kept relics there for pilgrims to see, 
a place where they could pray and worship.

672 AD - Ripon Cathedral founded
A mere 820 years before Columbus discovered the New World


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Trace4J said...

Love the stained glass windows.
Woolie Hugs

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, it's so unbelievably gorgeous! So, when are you leading the cathedral tour, so we can all visit these places with you??? I love that the cathedrals are "mismatched," with portions from different centuries - living, breathing churches made up of, and built by, living, breathing people whose faith has remained a constant over all those decades and centuries and millennia ....

Paulette said...

I have enjoyed looking at all of the magnificent stained glass windows, just beautiful.

Denise said...

Amazingly beautiful.

Diane said...

Those windows are amazing!!! Such incredible work!

MadSnapper said...

that first shot and the second are just awesome. what a beautiful church. and 1300 years? yowsa...I think the only thing that old here might be the caves out beautiful and thanks for sharing

Chatty Crone said...

Judy I am in love with stain glass - and when the sun shines in - at just the right moment! It was a beautiful church as well. They don't make them here like that do they?

Suzan said...

Absolutly beautiful!! Isn't the history amazing?? What those walls have heard and seen. . . .

RURAL said...

Coming from a country that is so young, and seeing historical buildings, and heritage that spans astounding.

Can you imagine?


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful Cathedral Ripon is. European architecture is so stunning. Built to last. Big hugs, xoxo

Olivia @ Liv Lives Life said...

Beautiful photos!

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

Wow, so much history! They just don't build places like that anymore.

Unknown said...

John wants you to know that he sang there too!!! ( sang in York Minster
and Durham and Sheffield as well - he's a bit of a bragger, I know )
He loves seeing your friday posts - and yours is the only blog he looks at.
He also says that the acoustics in these Cathedrals is like singing in Heaven. How he knows what it's like singing in Heaven, I have no idea!
Have a lovely weekend

danika said...

Back off on the Bates bashing, Mom! :P

{Beautiful pictures, by the way. :) }

Cranberry Morning said...

Excuse me, but Anna could do better than Eeyore. lol

Ruth Kelly said...

Celebrating the 1300th is beyond my ability to imagine it.

Unknown said...

Beautiful pictures Judy. I love stained glass too, very lovely.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

It is always awe inspiring to think that people had such vision and dedication to build a cathedral like this then.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a beautiful cathedral! We sure love our D A characters! What will happen next? heehee!

Ladies Holiday said...

This Is stunning! Thank you for giving me a little real world taste of Downton this week. I will miss Sundays episode :( but will catch up the Following week.

Thanks for making my day and sharing on the photo Friday blog hop. Have a good weekend.

Linda Stubbs said...

Your pictures are exquisite! Don't always get to comment......I know you understand....sitting in my little farmhouse doing some fun things this cold were a part of it!!!!!!! Hugs to your day sweet friend, me

Bethany Nash said...

Note to self: Do not read Judy's blog if not caught up on Downton Abbey.

J_on_tour said...

Lovely tour around the building with some interesting history throughout the centuries.

Since we last talked about Ripon Cathedral, I've still to enter it, photographing it once from the outside late at night & seeing it from afar on a walk from Fountains Abbey.

On a side note, the creator of Downton Abbey (Julian Fellowes) began a series last week on ITV 1 about Great Houses of the UK. It's likely that you won't be able to get it on playback with " ITV player " as even I had difficulty with this channel ... only managed to see the first half as the wifi kept cutting out with the video bandwidth. Anyway here's a mini report of some of the first programme ...

GardenOfDaisies said...

The stained glass windows are magnificent!

Jane and Chris said...

Hi,thanks for visiting me at The Maple Syrup Mob. I HAVE to tell you that my Mum was baptized in Ripon cathedral,so I loved this post!
Jane x


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