The weekend before last I visited Chester Cathedral. I had been to Chester before – here and here – but had never gone inside the Cathedral.

Chester Cathedral stands on the site of a 10th century Saxon church dedicated to St Werburg. In 1092 it became a Benedictine Abbey and a new church was built in the Norman style. The arch on the left is one of the remnants of the Norman building. You can see the Gothic pointed arch on the right, dating to the mid-thirteenth century, when the Norman church was rebuilt.

The church was part of a grand monastic complex but in 1540, owing to the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII, the old monastery became the cathedral of the newly created Diocese of Chester. Therefore it never became a ruin like Fountains Abbey.

Here is the choir with its 13th century wood carvings.

The altar.


Here is the chair called the cathedra, which is used by the Bishop – that’s why this church is called a cathedral.

The view from the entrance to the choir looking past the crossing towards the nave.

The Grand Organ.

The Lady Chapel.

The Chapter House.

The monastic cloisters.

The garden in the quadrangle.

This statue is called ‘Water of Life’ by Stephen Broadbent. The gardens are very peaceful.

After my visit to the cathedral I had a quick walk along the city walls to the Eastgate Clock.

From there you get a very nice view of the city of Chester.