Christ Church Cathedral :: Shared Description

The Cathedral is the chapel of Christ Church College.
The cathedral was originally the church of St Frideswide's Priory. The site is claimed to be the location of the abbey and relics of St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford, although this is debatable.
In 1522, the priory was surrendered to Cardinal Wolsey, who had selected it as the site for his proposed college. However, in 1529 the foundation was taken over by King Henry VIII. Work stopped, but in June 1532 the college was refounded by the King. In 1546.
There has been a choir at the cathedral since 1526, when John Taverner was the organist and also master of the choristers. The statutes of Cardinal Wolsey's original college, initially called Cardinal College, mentioned sixteen choristers and thirty singing priests.
The nave, choir, main tower and transepts are of the late Norman period. There are architectural features ranging from Norman to the Perpendicular style and a large rose window of the ten-part type.
by N Chadwick
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SP5105 : Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford by Christine Matthews
SP5105 : Oxford: Christchurch through the back gate onto the Meadow by Christopher Hilton
SP5105 : Christ Church Cathedral by DS Pugh
SP5105 : Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford by N Chadwick
SP5105 : Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford by Christine Matthews
SP5105 : Christ Church Cathedral by DS Pugh


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Created: Tue, 1 Jul 2014, Updated: Tue, 1 Jul 2014

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