Looking Toward the Choir, Ripon Cathedral by Christine Smith

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FEATURED in Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses 30-09-2010
FEATURED in The English Church 29-06-2012

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/15

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.

Photography been a longtime hobby that has now become an obsessive passion. I am fairly eclectic in my choice of subjects, and try to see beauty in most things. Thank you for dropping by my site and I welcome any feedback and tips.

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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    wonderful work my dear! :)

  • Thanks Yhun.

    – Christine Smith

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsover 4 years ago

    stunning work

  • Thank you.

    – Christine Smith

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 4 years ago

    Brilliant HDR work

  • Thank you Hans. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Neil Ross
    Neil Rossover 4 years ago

    An awesome photo, Christine. Beautifully done :-)

  • Thank you Neil. Glad you like it.

    – Christine Smith

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thanks Bob

    – Christine Smith

  • Bill Coughlin
    Bill Coughlinover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. Bill

  • Thank you Bill.

    – Christine Smith

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606over 4 years ago

    Outstanding work!

  • Thank you Maria. Much appreciated.

    – Christine Smith

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    Features 30th of September 2010

    Wonderful as always Christine. Im a fan! Congrats :)

  • Thank you for your kind words Yhun, and for featuring this image. I’m absolutely delighted.

    – Christine Smith

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 4 years ago

    beautifully done !!!

  • Thank you for the nice comment.

    – Christine Smith

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much.

    – Christine Smith

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