The Quire

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Kim Slater

Gillingham, United Kingdom

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Large 16.0" x 21.3"
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Rochester Cathedral – Quire, Rochester, Kent. UK

604AD Saxon cathedral built on land donated by King Ethelbert. The Saxon historian Bede tells us that Justus, first Bishop of Rochester, was consecrated here by St Augustine

1082 The Benedictine Priory of St Andrew was established by Gundulf (the first Norman Bishop) and remained until the dissolution of the monastery in 1540

1083 The building of the present Nave was begun by Bishop Gundulf, a Benedictine monk from Bec in France

1130 The Norman Cathedral was consecrated on Ascension Day. Henry I attended the ceremony

1137c Fires destroyed the wooden roof of the Nave and damaged the Quire

1180 Work began on re-building in the Gothic style, starting with the Quire

1201 William of Perth was murdered nearby. Pilgrims visiting his shrine brought in money to help the monks re-build the cathedral

1200c The Presbytery was begun, and roofed in by 1214

1215 The cathedral was plundered when King John held it against the rebel barons. It was later desecrated by Simon de Montfort’s troops when they captured the city

1227 The new Quire was consecrated

1240c The North Transept was built. The South Transept, originally used as a Lady Chapel, was built a few decades later

1340c Hamo de Hythe vaulted the Transepts, raised the central tower and spire, and re-decorated the Quire. The Chapter Library door depicts his soul rising to heaven

1440c The present Nave clerestory replaced a smaller Romanesque one, and the Great West window was put in place

1490c The present Lady Chapel, the latest part of the cathedral, was enlarged as a Quire for the new-style polyphonic choirs who sang at the Lady Chapel altar in the South Transept

1542 A new foundation of a Dean and six Canons was established and the cathedral dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary

1642 Cathedral was damaged by Cromwell’s soldiers

1825 The South Quire Transept was strengthened by L N Cottingham

1872 Major restoration work was carried out by George Gilbert Scott

1904 The present tower and spire were dedicated

2004 1400th anniversary of the cathedral and the diocese of Rochester. Dedication of the Fresco

Taken with Panasonic Lumix FZ38

3 Bracketed images – Edited in Photomatix

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