Founded in 1100 as a Norman abbey, Gloucester Cathedral boasts a huge medieval stained glass window, an elegant interior and one of the finest cloisters in the country. Here William I ordered the Domesday Book and scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed.
- Go Historic ID
- Gloucester Cathedral
- Heritage Lists
- Grade I listed building #1245952
- Street Address
- Westgate St.
- 51.867297° N, 2.246447° W
Abbey of St. Peter founded in Gloucester by Saxon king Osric
The Abbey of St. Peter is founded in Gloucester by the Saxon king Osric. The abbey is built of wood over Roman foundations.
The Bishop of Worcester rebuilds the church of the Abbey of St. Peter in Gloucester on a grander scale.
William the Conqueror orders the <em>Domesday Book</em> at Gloucester
William the Conqueror orders the Domesday Book from St. Peter's Abbey in Gloucester (the future Gloucester Cathedral).
The Saxon abbey church at Gloucester is destroyed by fire.
Reconstruction of St. Peter's Abbey, based on Worcester Cathedral
Reconstruction of St. Peter's Abbey at Gloucester, using the recently-begun Worcester Cathedral as a model. The Gloucester edifice incorporates both Anglo-Saxon and Norman influences.
Gloucester abbey church is destroyed by fire
The newly-built abbey church at Gloucester (later Gloucester Cathedral) is destroyed by fire. Rebuilding is slow due to lack of funds.
Henry III crowned at Gloucester Abbey
Henry III is crowned at St. Peter's Abbey in Gloucester (the future Gloucester Cathedral).
King Edward II buried in Gloucester Abbey; tomb attracts pilgrims
King Edward II is buried in Gloucester Abbey. The murdered king is popularly regarded as a saint and pilgrims flock to his tomb. This provides funding for an ambitious new building project.
Reconstruction of Gloucester Abbey in Perpendicular Gothic style
Reconstruction of St. Peter's Abbey, Gloucester in the brand-new Perpendicular Gothic style, beginning in the south transept and reaching the choir six years later. This style was first used in London in a chapel in Westminster Abbey and the chapter house of Old St. Paul's, but both were destroyed by fire...
Installation of Great East Window and choir stalls at Gloucester Cathedral
Installation of the Great East Window and choir stalls in Gloucester Cathedral.
Henry VIII dissolves Abbey of St. Peter; converts church to Gloucester Cathedral
King Henry VIII dissolves the Abbey of St. Peter and declares its church the cathedral of the newly-created diocese of Gloucester. The church is saved from destruction largely thanks to its royal tomb: Henry VIII remarks that the church is a "fitting and proper place" for such an honor, since it is "the site of the late monastery in which the monument of our renowned ancestor the King of England is erected...
Anglican Bishop of Gloucester burned at the stake
The Anglican Bishop of Gloucester, Bishop Hooper, is burned at the stake under the Catholic Queen Mary. His monument is located to the west of his cathedral, by St Mary's Gate.
Gloucester Cathedral sustains minor damage during the English Civil War.
Parliament abolishes the Dean the Chapter of Gloucester and plans to tear down Gloucester Cathedral.
Gloucester Cathedral is saved from destruction by Parliament when the mayor and burgesses of Gloucester take it over. In gratitude, the mayor is given a throne across from the bishop's throne in the choir (still there today).
King Charles II reinstates the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester Cathedral.
Restoration of Gloucester Cathedral under Sir George Gilbert Scott
Major restorations of Gloucester Cathedral directed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
The tall central tower of St. Peter's Abbey (Gloucester Cathedral) is erected under Abbot Thomas Sebrok. The architect is Robert Tully, a monk at the abbey.
The original wooden roof of Gloucester Abbey is replaced with a stone vault decorated with gilded roof bosses in red and green.
Abbot Morwent begins rebuilding the nave of Gloucester Abbey in the Perpendicular style, beginning at the west end. Only two bays are completed when the abbot dies, after which the work abruptly stops, leaving most of the nave in its original Norman style.
Completion of the Norman nave at Gloucester Abbey (later Gloucester Cathedral).
First fully-developed fan vaulting appears in Gloucester Cathedral cloisters
The first fully developed fan-vaulting appears in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral.
Christopher Whall creates stained glass windows for Gloucester Cathedral
Christopher Whall creates stained glass windows for the Lady Chapel and chapter house of Gloucester Cathedral.
Reconstruction of the Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral.
Reconstruction of the south transept.
Reconstruction of the north transept.
Gloucester Cathedral designated a Grade I listed building
Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester, England, is designated a Grade I listed building.
- Gloucester Cathedral
- Gloucester Cathedral: An Abbey that Survived the Dissolution Britannia.com.
- Gloucester: Cathedral Grove Art Online.
- The National Heritage List for England English Heritage.
- Article Title
- Gloucester Cathedral (Gloucester, England)
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- First Published
- October 8, 2013
- Last Updated
- April 11, 2015