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Gloucester Cathedral is a great building and it's very proud of its heritage.
It has been a place of Christian worship continuously for over 1300 years, since Osric, an Anglo-Saxon prince, founded a religious house there in 678-9 AD with Benedictine Rule being introduced here early in the 11th century.
In 1216, Henry III, who had succeeded to the throne at the age of only nine, was crowned At Gloucester. but most importantly in british history place, in 1327, King Edward II who had died in Berkeley Castle (in most suspicious and gruesome circumstances) was buried here.
A shrine like monument was erected over the tomb of the dead king years later
During the 15th century further building work included the remodelling of the west end and the building of the south porch including the tower and finally, towards the end of the century, the present Lady Chapel.
In 1540 the King Henry VIII had ordered the monasteries to be dissolved and Gloucester Abbey surrendered in the January of 1540. The abbey buildings then became Gloucester Cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Gloucester in 1541 the site being no longer a community of monks and led by a Dean and a chapter of canons.
Bishop Hooper was burned at the stake just near the Cathedral in 1555 on the orders of the Catholic Queen Mary
After the cilvil war there was a move to demolish the cathedral building altogether but it was saved by the intervention of the mayor and burgesses of the City of Gloucester.
When the restoration of the monarchy after the civil war in 1660, the Dean and Chapter resumed the running of the Cathedral and that is how it is still managed.
and through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries the building has been concerved as it was rather than the money being spent on adding new sections.
Entry is free but there is a Suggested donation of £5
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