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Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield

(4.4/5 based on 170 reviews on the web)
This hidden architectural gem has its origins in a pre-Conquest church, but the story of the present building starts circa 1150 when parts of the surviving nave north arcade were first built. This was followed in approximately 1220 by the southern arcade, which is made up of alternating round and octagonal columns. Following the probable collapse of a central tower around 1320, both arcades were heightened, giving their present form, and new multi-shaft columns added. The church was re-consecrated by Archbishop William de Melton in 1329.
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  • Visited on Saturday in February, was surprised how small it is compared to other Cathedrals visited, York or Peterborough. Did not seemed to be any volunteers or guides to help with your visit and was...  more »
  • The Cathedral is a gem of a building in the town Centre, easily accessible for all. The famous stain glass windows are stunning and the coffee shop is worth a visit to.  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Such a sympathetic refurbishment which highlights all of the most lovely parts of the building but still keeps it accessible. Has to be seen to be ap...  more »
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  • A beautiful place for religious and non religious, including many denominations. Ancient buildings are always the best and this definitely does not dissapoint.
  • Beautiful restored building with a wide range of events. Well worth a look.
  • I wos up at the top of tower when prince harry wos born 15 sep 1984
  • Beautiful building just a shame about the local kids that surround it and use it as a hangout
  • Since the renovations a joy to behold,well worth a visit. In the city centre too.