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Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield

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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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  • The calmness and spiritual aura inside is breathtaking. Feel at complete peace with yourself whilst immersing into the calming tranquility of your surroundings. Stunning interior. If you're lucky enou...  more »
  • This is certainly the nicest place we visited on a recent trip to Wakefield. The cathedral is beautiful and well looked after. There was a lovely lady available to talk to and she was very helpful.The...  more »
  • As we were in Wakefield we decided to pay a visit. This is a beautiful building and is well worth seeing. Somehow the old cathedral has been given a modern make-over making it accessible to all. Reall...  more »