SJ4066 : The Water of Life

near to Chester, Cheshire, Great Britain

The Water of Life
The Water of Life
This sculpture by Stephen Broadbent at Chester Cathedral was dedicated in 1994. It depicts the encounter between Jesus and the woman of Samaria, as told in John’s gospel, and the inscription reads:

Jesus said, "The water that I shall give will be an inner spring always welling up for eternal life."

(John 4:14)
Chester Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary is the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Chester.

The Cathedral's origins may lie in a prehistoric Druid temple on the site, and/or Roman temple dedicated to Apollo. The earliest attested building was a church founded in 660. In 875 the relics of the female Saint Werburgh were brought to Chester. Some of the present buildings, including the cloisters, were part of the monastery founded in 1092 by the Norman Earl of Chester, Hugh Lupus (‘The Wolf’), the nephew of William the Conqueror, with the help of Saint Anselm of Normandy. In 1540 the monastery was dissolved, but unusually not destroyed: Henry VIII let it become the Cathedral of the newly created Diocese of Chester.

As with all such buildings, it has continued to develop over the centuries and a full history can be found on the Cathedral website LinkExternal link . The total length of the building is now 108m.

The remaining monastic buildings, and the present cathedral, are both listed grade 1 (List Entry Numbers 1376397 and 1376398 respectively).
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Monday, 23 July, 2012   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 4057 6648 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:11.5242N 2:53.4569W
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