SJ8398 : Manchester Cathedral, Regimental Chapel and Fire Window

taken 9 months ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Cathedral, Regimental Chapel and Fire Window
Manchester Cathedral, Regimental Chapel and Fire Window
The Cathedral has several chapels available to for worship and private prayer. The regimental chapel is the largest of these and expresses the Cathedral’s strong relationship with the Duke of Lancaster Regiment. Originally the Chantry of St John the Baptist, this private chapel was endowed and building started in 1513 by James Stanley, the fourth Warden of Manchester. In 1936, the chapel was dedicated for use by the Manchester Regiment which was later merged into the new King’s Regiment in 1958 and further merged into the new Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment in 2006. The chapel houses regimental colours and many remembrance books; it is used regularly by members of the regiment when they commemorate their fallen comrades whose names are recorded in the memorial books. Members of the regiment are sometimes baptised, married and buried here.

The chapel was largely destroyed by a Luftwaffe bomb During the Manchester Blitz In 1940. It was later restored by the then Cathedral Architect Sir Hubert Worthington. The spectacular window (SJ8398 : The Fire Window) at the eastern end of the chapel, designed by Margaret Traherne, marks where the bomb fell, demolishing the chapel and causing considerable damage to the rest of the cathedral. This window was itself badly damaged by the IRA bomb in 1996 and subsequently had to be rebuilt.
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 ).

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 March, 2018
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 839 987 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.1130N 2:14.6456W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 838 987
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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