Glow of Gold, Ripon Cathedral

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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FEATURED in The Weekend Photographer 06-10-2010
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FEATURED in HDR Photography 09-10-2010
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FEATURED in Church Architecture 19-06-2017
CHALLENGE WINNER of the Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses – Best Featured Artwork Challenge February 2011
CHALLENGE WINNER of the Postcards – Destinations – Interiors Challenge 18-11-2010
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TOP TEN FINALIST in the Take Me Higher (Dynamic Range) – Your Most Popular HDR Image Challenge 03-06-2011
TOP TEN FINALIST in the It’s What Moves Me – Church Challenge 27-12-2011

Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 17mm, ISO: 800, Aperture: f4, Shutter: 1/20

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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