June 27, 2013

0700 UNITED KINGDOM (England) - Manchester Cathedral

On his full name the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George, the Manchester Cathedral was built in Perpendicular Gothic style at the end of the 15th century, but was extensively restored and extended in the Victorian period, and then again following the severe bomb damage in WWII, during the Manchester Blitz (1940). On this site there was a church since around 700 AD, and in the 13th century was erected a new one, largest. In 1422 was established here a collegiate foundation, the third warden, Ralph Langley (1465–1481), being traditionally credited with rebuilding the nave. The early 16th century also saw the construction of an almost complete sequence of chantry chapels.

The cathedral houses extensive parish and historical archives, dating back to 1421, and its 17th century library is the oldest surviving public library in Britain. It has also thirty 16th century misericords, considered to be among the finest in Europe, and ten bells, the largest having a mass of 1.3 tonnes.

About the stamp, which is part of the definitive series issued in 2011, I wrote here.

Manchester Cathedral - Wikipedia

senders: Jeni & George Dragoman
sent from London (England / United Kingdom), on 10.09.2012

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