The Choir, Ripon Cathedral

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in Canon DSLR 09-09-2010
FEATURED in Architecture The British Isles 10-09-2010
FEATURED in Photomatix HDR Group 13-11-2010
FEATURED in The English Church 04-03-2011
FEATURED in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 25-08-2011
FEATURED in Religious Architecture 26-08-2011
FEATURED in Postcard Style 08-03-2013
TOP TEN FINALIST in Photomatix HDR – Architecture Challenge 12-11-2010

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @17mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: f11, Shutter: 1/13

Ripon Cathedral is situated in the small North Yorkshire city of Ripon, England, and people have been coming to worship and pray here for more than 1,350 years. Although today’s church is the fourth to have stood on this site, the Cathedral building itself was begun in 672, when Saint Wilfrid built one of England’s first stone churches on this site. The crypt underneath the present day cathedral dates from this period. The Early English west front was added in 1220, its twin towers originally crowned with wooden spires and lead. Major rebuilding had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses but resumed after the accession of Henry VII and the restoration of peace in 1485. The nave was widened and the central tower partially rebuilt. The church’s thirty five misericords were carved between 1489 and 1494. It is worth noting that the same (Ripon) school of carvers also carved the misericords at Beverley Minster and Manchester Cathedral. But in 1547, before this work was finished, Edward VI dissolved Ripon’s college of canons. All revenues were appropriated by the Crown and the tower never received its last Perpendicular arches. It was not until 1604 that James I issued his Charter of Restoration. The musical tradition in the cathedral is very strong and the cathedral has a fine organ by Harrison and Harrison dating from 1926. The organ is on the screen and has casework by Gilbert Scott. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

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