Gloucester Cathedral

Timeline

God has been worshipped on this site for over 1300 years. Some of the key events of that period are listed here.

678-9
A religious community was founded here in Anglo-Saxon times by Osric. A noblewoman, Kyneburga, was the first Abbess.
 
Early 1000s
Becomes a Benedictine Monastery.
 
1072
Serlo, the first Norman abbot, appointed to the almost defunct monastery by King William I.
 
1089
Foundation stone of the new abbey church laid by Robert, Bishop of Hereford.
 
1100
Consecration of St. Peter’s Abbey.
 
1216
First coronation of King Henry III.
 
1327
Burial of King Edward II.
 
1330s
Remodelling of the Quire in perpendicular style. Great East Window 1350s. The fan-vaulted cloisters are finished by 1412.
 
Early 1400s
The west end rebuilt. The south porch built.
 
1450
Tower begun by Abbot Sebrok; completed by Robert Tully.
 
1470s
Lady Chapel rebuilt by Abbot Hanley; completed by Abbot Farley (1472-98).
 
1540
Dissolution of Abbey.
 
1541
King Henry VIII establishes the Cathedral as the mother church of the new Diocese of Gloucester.
 
1616-21
William Laud, Dean of Gloucester.
 
1649
Parliament abolishes the Dean and Chapter.
 
1660
Charles II reinstates Dean and Chapter.
 
1735-52
Martin Benson, Bishop of Gloucester carried out major repairs and alterations to the cathedral.
 
1847-73
Beginning of extensive Victorian restoration work (F.S.Waller and Sir George Gilbert Scott, architects).
 
1898-1913
Reglazing of Lady Chapel windows by Christopher Whall.
 
1989
900th anniversary appeal.
 
2006
Replacement of gargoyles commences on south aisle.
 


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