Peterborough Cathedral Cloisters - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour panorama showing the Cloisters and cloister gardens of Peterborough Cathedral. Picture taken in June 2011.
Peterborough Cathedral Cloisters - FURTHER INFORMATION
Peterborough Cathedral Cloisters - Peterborough visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Peterborough Cathedral Cloisters' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Cambridgeshire.
Peterborough Cathedral dates from the 12th and 13th centuries, built upon two older churches that date back originally to the construction of Medeshamstede Abbey by King Peada and Saxwulf in 655. Part of this original building, the Hedda Stone, can still be seen inside the cathedral. The current church took about 120 years to build, with work continuing from 1118 to 1238. A 44m high tower was added in the 14th century. The newest part of the church, called the Eastern Building, dates from 1496 to 1508.
Peterborough Cathedral - Main SightsPeterborough Cathedral is one of the main tourist attractions in Peterborough. Some of the main points of interest include:
- Early English Gothic West Front (façade) which is unique to the cathedral with three massive arches adorned with statues of Peter, Paul and Andrew after whom the cathedral is named.
- 44m high 15th century church tower open to the public with stunning panoramic views over Peterborough from the top.
- Church nave with a painted wooden roof completed between 1230 and 1250, unique to the UK and one of only 4 known in Europe.
- Hanging crucifix, or rood, suspended from the Nave, designed by George Pace in 1975, on which is a figure of Christ is by Frank Roper.
- Grave of Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of Henry VIII, buried here in 1536.
- Former tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots, interred here in 1587 before being moved to Westminster Abbey in London in 1612.
- The Hedda Stone, part of the very first church on the site, dating from 655 AD showing Jesus, Mary and 10 disciples.
- Cathedral treasury in which is the church silver and many other religious artefacts.
- St Oswald's Chapel in which the arm of St Oswald lay as a relic until it was removed in 1587.
- The choir stalls dated from the late 1800's and also within the church are three 14th century misericords.
- Portrait of Old (Robert) Scarlett, the gravedigger who buried the two queens here in the 1500's.
- The Eastern Building, the newest part of the cathedral with lovely fan-vaulted roof.
Peterborough Cathedral is open to the public daily, free of charge. Donations are accepted for the upkeep of the cathedral. There are regular guided tours and a small gift shop.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Road: Peterborough is near the northern end of the A1(M) at the meeting of the A15, A47 and A1139 roads. It is about 37 miles north of Cambridge, 80 miles west of Norwich and 40 miles east of Leicester.
Train: Peterborough Station on East Coast Main Line, about an hour out of London