Manchester Cathedral


Trips & Adventures – 13 February 2020

Our planned outing to the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield was postponed to 27 February, as the tours down the pit were fully booked up.

Instead members of Out In The City visited Manchester Cathedral for a tour from 11.00am to 12.00 noon. There was also a group from Warrington University of the Third Age.

The organ which cost £2.5 million pounds was being tuned, so this drowned out most of the commentary on the tour. But Wikipedia tells me: “The medieval church was extensively refaced, restored and extended in the Victorian period, and again following bomb damage in the 20th century. The collegiate church became the cathedral of the new Diocese of Manchester in 1847, and is one of fifteen Grade I listed buildings in Manchester.”

The group went on to The Moon Under Water for refreshments.

There are some amazing photos which can be seen here

Have you looked at the website recently? There is a lot of information including:

Resources which include a series of essays by Don Milligan – Gay Liberation: a brief moment in turbulent times

Audios and videos


A list of legislation and significant events in the UK

One thought on “Manchester Cathedral

  1. Here is some background info:

    There is a statue inside of Henry Cheetham who established a school for poor boys. One of them is shown at the foot of the statue. Because Henry was a business man it was suggested that he change his name because it incorporated the word cheet. Hence it was changed to Chethams which has been adopted by the music school. They are apparently going to change it back.

    The teddy bears are from an area of the cathedral set out for children.

    There are a lot of musicians called the musical angels carved into the top of the roof. There is a close up of harp players on the photos.
    The photo above the 3 candles shows an altar designed by a local artist incorporating Manchester scenes. The man on the left is St George with his dragon and the one on the right holding his head is St Deynys who was executed in France.

    One of the photos shows a piece of stone encased in glass. It is the oldest artefact in the cathedral and dates from the 9th century.
    The organ cost £2.5 million and the pipes which look golden are made of gold.

    What impressed me most was the stained glass and the fact that the interior has all been cleaned up with fossils visible on the stone floor.


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