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Hereford Cathedral Facade

 

 

The present facade of Hereford Cathedral was built in the early 1900s to replace a medieval one which had collapsed.  The foundation stone was laid "with masonic ceremonial" by the Deputy Grand Master of the Free Masons of England.

 

 

 

 

 

Link to Hereford Cathedral Web Site

 

 

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Hereford Cathedral Nave

 

 

Hereford Mappa Mundi

 

India - Hereford Mappa Mundi

 

Hereford Cathedral is not one of your gob smacking English medieval cathedrals, but it does contain a gob smacking artefact - the 1200s Hereford Mappa Mundi,  a world map painted in the 1200s on a huge (1.6M high) deer hide parchment (left) which can be seen in the Cathedral Library.  On the right is part of the map's representation of India.

 

 

Mappa Mundi, the Hereford Cathedral World Map

 

 

Scott Westrem, The Hereford World Map, Mappa Mundi

 

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The Becket Reliquary Ch‚sse Mystery

 

The signage in Hereford Cathedral exhorts visitors not to leave before they have seen, inter alia, Hereford's famous Thomas Becket Reliquary Casket (the only one, it is claimed, to be still in its original location). 

 

Confusingly, if you ask the way to this you are told that it is kept locked up and can only be seen on one day a year.  There are not even any postcard photos of it  in the cathedral bookshop.

 

 

Becket Reliquary Chasse, Hereford Cathedral

 

 

Shrine of Saint Thomas Cantilupe, Hereford Cathedral

 

 

The medieval pilgrimage shrine of "the other St Thomas" - Saint Thomas Cantilupe (c1218 - 1282 (64)), latterly Bishop of Hereford (though he died in Montefiascone in Lazio, where Adriano has a favourite seafood lunch Ristorante called Da Rita), who was canonised in 1320.   Thomas was the Provincial Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and there are 14 of them standing and sitting in niches around the  lower part of the shrine.  It is not clear why this shrine escaped the general shrine destruction by Henry VIII's Commission for the Destruction of Shrines in the late 1530s, except that Hereford and Saint Thomas were not exactly mainstream and may have been overlooked in the rush for more lucrative targets.

 

 

 

Three of the six Knights Templar on the tomb's south side.  All the knights have been defaced, and any traces of insignia have been removed from their shields.

 

 

Misericord, Hereford Cathedral

 

Hereford has lots of misericords, mostly not accessible - but they can be seen here .

 

 

Romanesque Capital, Hereford Cathedral

 

 

The cathedral no longer has many in situ medieval stone sculptures, but there is a display of rescued painted Romanesque capitals - this one involving the devil doing something complex.

 

 

Romanesque Capital, Hereford Cathedral

 

 

Sepulchral Slab, Hereford Cathedral Crypt

 

 

An engraved sepulchral slab and a brace of weathered heads in the crypt.

 

 

Hereford Cathedral Crypt Tombs

 

 

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