Churches - Gary Cook

Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral. This is the wonderful stonework in the roof of the Cathedral at the city of Worcester, England, situated on the banks of the River Severn. The Cathedral began as a modest Priory, founded in AD 680, although today nothing remains of this original structure. The Cathedral we see today began its construction in 1084, shortly after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. Originally a Benedictine monastery, the monks were forcibly removed by King Henry VIII in 1540 and replaced by secular Canons as part of Henry's dissolution of the monasteries.
The Cathedral has a rich history, but perhaps the most notable point of interest is the tomb of King John, youngest brother of Richard the Lionheart, and popularly known as the evil King in the legends of Robin Hood. Before King John died at Newark he requested to be buried at Worcester, where he rests to this day.