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Lincoln Cathedral        The third largest in England occupying approx 57,000 sq ft. the original building was started in 1072 and fully built by 1092 but after a great fire and of all things an earthquake a new Cathedral was started in 1192 built in the English style and today we see it as the triple towered cathedral church of St Mary.  An important feature of the Cathedral is the arcade designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1674 which was the year he started the rebuilding of St Pauls.
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Southwell Cathedral    The Manor of Southwell was given to the Archbishop of York in 956. It was not long before a College of Canons was formed and as a Collegiate Church served as an outpost of York until 1840, when it was reduced to little more than a Parish Church. However in 1884 it became the See for a new Diocese covering both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Eventually Derbyshire became a separate Diocese but Southwell had now become a Cathedral in its own right
The earliest Church on the site was Saxon but nothing remains of this building except a small area of tessellated pavement in the South transept. The Western towers, nave, central tower and transepts remain very much as they where built in the 12th Century.
The early English Quire was completed about 1250 and replaced an earlier Norman original.
The Chapter House is exceptional. It is octagonal and only 31ft in diameter, no central pillar and the vault is a remarkable star design. If one looks outside you will see massive buttresses taking the strain of this wonderfully unsupported vault.
The Minster is set in a lovely grassed churchyard and is remarkably well preserved for a mostly Norman building.
The Minster is well loved by the community and serves both as a busy parish Church and Diocese

Derby Cathedral            Cathedral Church of All Saints. Most of the present building designed by James Gibbs in the classical style dates back to 1723 when the medieval church, except for the perpendicular tower (circa 1511), was pulled down. Do look for the magnificent wrought iron screen incorporating the royal arms of George II. Made by the craftsman Robert Bakewell.  At the East end of the South aisle is a monument to the Countess of Shrewsbury none other than Bess of Hardwick and in the vault below is one of her descendents Henry Cavendish the famous scientist who discovered Hydrogen in 1766.
In the tower hangs a ring of ten bells incorporating 6 older bells. This was increased to ten in 1677 and none of the bells have been recast. Hence it now makes them the oldest ring of ten bells in the world.

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