Ripon Cathedral

Trip Start Aug 12, 2012
Trip End Sep 26, 2012

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ripon Cathedral is a large cathedral 7 miles from our friends’ house in Boroughbridge.

Like most cathedrals it dates back many hundreds of years. Ripon goes back to at least Anglo-Saxon times when St Wilfred built a grotto for contemplation and prayer based on his understanding of the layout of the tomb of Jesus. The main church was probably built in Norman times when the graveyard lay outside the walls of the church.

When the church was extended it incorporated the graves inside the church walls. These gravestones are now horizontal and not vertical and positioned on the floor. Cushions along the wall are mini tapestries and record various events in the history of England and the church. The pipe organ is huge and the bass pipe is over 64 feet tall with other pipes clustered nearby.

We were lucky to listen to a choir practice which included the playing of the huge organ. What an experience!
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