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All Saints Church, Stamford      Dominating Red Lion Square this Medieval Church dates back to before 1086 when it was mentioned in the Doomsday book.  Most of what you now see inside is 13th Century early English. However the tower, spire and some windows are 15th Century perpendicular completed after the Wars of the Roses when two Brothers William and John Browne richly endowed the church in which their parents where buried.
The impressive timbered Chancel roof is adorned with painted angels with outspread golden wings
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Birmingham Cathedral    
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Coventry Cathedral                      In 1951 an open architectural competition for a new Cathedral was held and won by a design by Basil Spence.  A new Cathedral was born, started in 1954 it was finished in 1962.  Today thousands of visitors are drawn to the new building, acclaimed as one of the most striking examples of modern architecture.  The nave is 270ft long and 80ft wide with the focal point a superb 75ft high tapestry designed by Graham Sutherland and woven in France.  The theme reconciliation and unity by all people from whatever religion of whatever creed or colour, the rising of hope from the ashes of war.
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Hereford Cathedral                       An Anglo Saxon Cathedral already existed in Hereford so in 792 became the burial place of poor Ethelbert.  Nothing of the earlier building remains and the present Norman Cathedral was begun in 1079 by the then Bishop, Robert De Losinga.  The Lady Chapel and Crypt at the East end is an unusual construction from the 13th Century.  King Stephens chair while probably from the 13th Century, is supposedly the chair used by King Stephen when he celebrated mass in the Cathedral at Pentecost 1138.  Amongst the treasures housed in the Cathedral is a chained library of over 1,500 rare books including an 8th Century gospel, together with the unique Mappa Mundy, which is a map of the world drawn in 1290, showing Jerusalem at its heart and England/Ireland at its edge.
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Holy Trinity Church, Stratford   
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Lichfield Cathedral                        Dominating the skyline of Lichfield are the three lovely spires of the Cathedral “known locally as the ladies of the vale”.  The only Cathedral in England with three spires.  The first Cathedral on the site was recorded in 700A.D. and took the name of St Peter.  The first Bishop of Lichfield in 669 was St Chad, he died in 672 but exercised tremendous influence over the region.  Dedication of this first Cathedral was eventually changed to St Peter & St Chad.  The second Cathedral was built in 1100 to a Norman design but was not considered good enough so the more modern gothic design was started on the same site in 1200ad.  The twin spires are almost 200ft in height and the central tower 60ft taller.  Within the arcades and panels of the front are 113 statues.  The Cathedral suffered tremendous damage during the Civil War.  Cannon were used to get into the fortified close, the central spire was shot down in the course of one action, restoration programmes took place during the 17th, 18th & 19th Centuries.  The lady chapel is unusual because it is the full height of the Cathedral and forms a magnificent Eastern termination.  Possibly the finest feature of the chapel is the wonderful long windows filled with stained glass from the Abbey of Herckenrode in Flanders.
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Peterborough Cathedral               Founded as a Monastery by King Peada of Mercia in 655.  Destroyed by the Danes in 870 and refounded by King Edgar over 100 years later.  Hereward the Wake attacked and plundered it about 1070 and approx 40 years later it was completely destroyed by fire.  The present church was begun in 1118. The church was dedicated in 1238.  The building is of Barnack stone, 481 feet long by 206 feet wide and approx 81 feet high.  With the tower reaching 143 feet into the heavens.  The nave is a superb example of Norman architecture dating from the second half of the 12th Century.  The painted wooden ceiling is unique in all England and dates back to 1220.  In the retrochoir the ceiling has magnificent fan vaulting and the “hedda stone” an important piece of Anglo-Saxon sculpture dating from about 800.  In front of the Retrochoir are two burial places
One the tomb of Catherine of Aragon first Queen of Henry VIII who was buried here in 1536.
The Second tomb was that of Mary Queen of Scots buried here in 1587.  However her Son James I had her body removed and reburied in Westminster Abbey in 1612.
Henry VIII founded and endowed the Kings School where the future choristers were to be educated.
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St. Mary's, Warwick                       14th Century Church of St Mary with its 174ft tower and pinnacle.  Situated on the site of an early Norman church.  A number of the Beauchamp family who held the title Earls of Warwick are buried here, the Beauchamp Chapel is incomparable.
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St. Michael's Church, Ledbury  

St. Laurence, Ludlow                    The parish Church of St Laurence is one of the largest parish churches in England.  Largely 15th Century, interesting misericords in the church choir.  The East window in the chancel 30ft high by 18ft wide depicts the life, history and miracles of the patron saint in 27 separate scenes containing approx 300 figures.  The finest thoroughfare in Ludlow is broad street where every building dates back to the 14/15th centuries.

Worcester Cathedral                     Worcester received it first Bishop-Bishop Bosel in 680.  It is thought the first Cathedral stood very close the present one.  We do understand that Bishop Oswald built a new Cathedral in 962 and it is thought that some of the existing stonework is incorporated in the present building.  In 1084 Bishop Wulstan started the building of a new Church on the present site.  The crypt and chapter house remain substantially as the Norman builders left them.  King John visited many times and asked that on his death he be buried in the Cathedral which was agreed.  The new Cathedral was consecrated in 1218 but further enlargement followed ending in about 1375.  From 960 to 1540 the Cathedral was a Monastery under the rule of the Benedictine order. One interesting point the whole length of the Cathedral seems to be built in one piece when in fact the two West bays are Norman and the North side built in 1345 is far better finished than the South side which due to the intervention of the Black Death was built some 40 years later. 
Interesting history items.
 For 500 years pilgrims came to visit the shrines of St Oswald & St Wulstan here in Worcester.  From the great Cathedral tower Charles II saw his troops routed in the last great battle of the Civil War.  Today Worcester together with Hereford & Gloucester host the world famous Three Choirs Festival of music.
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