Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

Built 1093-1133, Durham Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249266
Names
Cathedral Church of Christ and St. Mary the Virgin
Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham
Durham Cathedral
Coordinates
54.7736110° N, 1.5761110° W
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Location Map

Aerial view of Durham Cathedral
Location map of Durham Cathedral. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Aerial View

Aerial view of Durham Cathedral
Aerial view of Durham Cathedral. Click image for a larger, interactive view.

Timeline

995

Monks from Lindisfarne settle in Durham

12 Aug 1093

Construction begins on Durham Cathedral

31 Dec 1540

Durham Monastery Dissolved

6 May 1952

Durham Cathedral designated a Grade I listed building

National Heritage List for England Data

Durham Cathedral is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1161023
Grade
I
Name
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST AND ST.MARY THE VIRGIN
Location
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST AND ST.MARY THE VIRGIN, PALACE GREEN
District
County Durham
Grid Reference
NZ 27346 42123

DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE PALACE GREEN NZ 2742 SW (South side)

14/365 Cathedral Church of 6/5/52 Christ and St. Mary the Virgin

GV I

Cathedral church, originally of Benedictine Priory, refounded 1541 as secular cathedral.

Main body 1093-1130, begun by Bishop William of St. Calais; Galilee 1189 for Bishop le Puiset. West tower tops, east bay and Chapel of 9 altars, 1242- c.1280. 1464-88 tower top stage. Restorations of late C18, early C19 and mid C19, notably by Bonomi and Jackson, Pickering and Robson and Fowler. Dressed sandstone; slate roofs. Cruciform with aisles, east transept aisles, transeptal eastern chapel, crossing tower, twin west towers and western Galilee. Galilee one storey with battlemented parapet and richly-moulded north entrance. Large, restored C14 and C15 windows. West towers have 4 lower stages aligned with those on nave: all have shafted round-arched openings (those on south side enriched), the ground stage a blank arcade, the clerestory set back under a corbel table. Elaborately-moulded opposed entrances in second nave bays have medieval doors, the north now with replica of sanctuary knocker. 2 upper stages to towers have pointed-arched openings under bands of blank arcading; corbel table below pierced battlemented parapet with crocketed pinnacles. Transepts have outer west stair turrets, blank arcading and large inserted Perpendicular windows north and south. Crossing tower of 2 stages with tall openings under crocketed ogee hoods, and high, pierced parapet...

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Bibliography

  1. Shipley, Debra. Durham Cathedral (Travels to Landmarks). Tauris Parke, 1990.
  2. Official Website of Durham Cathedral. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/>
  3. Publishing, Third Millennium. Durham Cathedral: Light of the North. Third Millenium Pub Ltd, 2007.
  4. “CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST AND ST.MARY THE VIRGIN.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1161023>

Comments (1)

James Basker (jamesjohnbasker@gmail.com) commented on July 2, 2013:

“it is a good place to visit for the people interested. It is a very large place with amzing stained glass windows and great stone carvings. the area is very relaxing and calm. the view from the river is beautiful but sometimes in the spring/summer seasons the trees can slightly block the great view. if your children are intrested in Harry Potter then this could be a good place to visit with your family because part of Harry Potter was filmed there. I would defenitly visit this place again.”