SJ8398 : The Healing Window and Thomas Fleming's Statue

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

The Healing Window and Thomas Fleming's Statue
The Healing Window and Thomas Fleming's Statue
Since my previous visit, in March of 2013 (Link ), the cathedral has been extensively refurbished. Although the main purpose of this was to install a modern heating system and new flooring (LinkExternal link ), the opportunity was taken to re-site some of the artefacts. The statue of Thomas Fleming has been moved from its position near the South Door, to the eastern end of the cathedral where it now stands in front of The Healing Window.

Thomas Fleming (1767-1848) was a Tory politician who, at the height of his power, was known as “the uncrowned King of Manchester” LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) . The statue was made by Edward Baily, celebrated sculptor of the famous statue of Lord Nelson in Trafalgar Square in London. It was unveiled in 1852.

All of the stained glass in Manchester Cathedral is modern; the Victorian glass having been destroyed by bombing during the Second World War. The Healing Window, by Linda Walton, was installed in 2004 to commemorate the restoration of the cathedral after it was damaged by a more recent bombing; the massive IRA bomb of 1996 which was detonated nearby.
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral sits towards the northern side of downtown Manchester, an area that has seen extensive regeneration and development in recent years. From the outside, the cathedral appears to be a relatively modern church, typical of the Victorian era. However, the main body of the cathedral largely derives from the 15th century and the present structure retains elements that are almost 600 years old and has even survived a bomb blast during World War II. Although the structure has seen its share of changes, these have taken place over hundreds of years, unlike the rapid redevelopment of the Millennium Quarter surrounding it.

Until becoming a cathedral in 1847, it was a Collegiate Church; its full title is “The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George in Manchester”. Following the rapid expansion of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, it was made a cathedral in 1847 and was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period. All external stonework was replaced between 1850 and 1870 and the west tower was heightened in 1868. Consequently the cathedral gives the overall impression of a 19th-century structure. The cathedral also suffered a hit from a bomb in 1940, suffering the worst wartime damage of any UK cathedral apart from Coventry. Yet more restoration was needed after the IRA bomb of 1996 which exploded nearby.

The cathedral is a Grade I listed building (Historic England List entry Number: 1218041 LinkExternal link ).

LinkExternal link Wikipedia article about Manchester Cathedral
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Tuesday, 25 February, 2014   (more nearby)
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