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WORCESTER, SEAT OF A BISHOP SINCE THE DAYS OF THE SAXONS

WORCESTER, SEAT OF A BISHOP SINCE THE DAYS OF THE SAXONS

Created in the seventh century, the bishopric of Worcester is one of the oldest in the country. The cathedral was rebuilt as early as the time of Bishop Oswald (961-92), who turned the existing college of secular canons into a monastery for Benedictines. The Danes destroyed this building, which was reconstructed in the Norman style by Bishop Wulfstan. In 1218 the dedication service took place with the king, Henry III, and ten bishops to grace the occasion. Bishop Wulfstan had already been canonised on account of the miracles which happened at his tomb. The present nave dates from a fourteenth century reconstruction and the tower was finished in 1374. From its summit, 196 feet high, there are wonderful views of the Severn valley and the Malvern hills.

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