TQ0107 : Arundel Cathedral

taken 11 years ago, near to Arundel, West Sussex, England

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Arundel Cathedral
Arundel Cathedral
The Roman Catholic cathedral of Our Lady and St Philip Howard sits in a commanding position adjoining the grounds of Arundel Castle, from which this photo was taken. Of the nineteen R.C. cathedrals† in England (and three in Wales) this is arguably the most ornate. Built in the French Gothic style by the architect Joseph Hansom it was dedicated (as a parish church) in 1871 just three years after it had been commissioned by the then Duke of Norfolk, Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke.
It was raised to cathedral status, which its grandeur well deserves, in 1965 with the creation of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
The second part of its dedication - to St Philip Howard - is quite interesting and unusual. Originally this was to St Philip Neri, a C16th Italian priest known as "the Apostle of Rome", but in 1971 the dedication was changed to a recently canonized ancestor of the Dukes of Norfolk, St Philip Howard. (see shared description below & TQ0107 : Tomb of St Philip Howard )

† Note: Of course all our great Gothic cathedrals were originally Roman Catholic cathedrals, becoming CofE with Henry VIII's break from Rome and the subsequent Protestant Reformation.
St Philip Howard

Philip Howard was the eldest son of the 4th Duke of Norfolk with the courtesy title of 20th Earl of Arundel. He was born in 1557 and along with most of his family, refused to accept the Protestant faith and was imprisoned in the Tower of London on charges (never proved) of High Treason. He was sentenced to death but Queen Elizabeth never signed the warrant of execution. However he remained in the Tower until he succumbed to dysentry in 1595 aged just 38. Although not actually killed for his beliefs, he was nonetheless immediately considered a martyr by the Catholic church, as his incarceration had undoubtedly led to his demise. He was kept company in the Tower by his faithful dog, who carried messages between Philip and other prisoners, most notably the priest Robert Southwell. This dog is commemorated with him on his tomb in Arundel Cathedral.
For a fuller biography to Wikipedia LinkExternal link

Arundel Cathedral

Dedicated in 1873 as the Catholic parish church of Arundel, it was not designated a cathedral until the foundation of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in 1965. It now serves as the seat of the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton.

Cathedral Website: LinkExternal link

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Geographical Context: Religious sites City, Town centre Place: Arundel other tags: Roman Catholic Cathedral Cathedral Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Arundel [796] · Arundel Castle [329] · St Nicholas [175] · Arundel Cathedral [140] · Norfolk [60] Other Photos: · Tomb of St Philip Howard Title Clusters: · Arundel Cathedral [19] ·
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TQ0107, 1098 images   (more nearby 🔍)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 29 May, 2013   (more nearby)
Thursday, 6 June, 2013
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0152 0718 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:51.3141N 0:33.5450W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 0153 0725
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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