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Peterborough Cathedral, West Front
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No: 231   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2011   Country: United Kingdom
Peterborough Cathedral, West Front

Photographed on a misty day, 17 March 2011.
The origins of the Cathedral can be traced back to King Peada of the Middle Angles who founded the first monastery on the site in 655AD. The monastic settlement was almost entirely destroyed by the Vikings in 870 and rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey between 960 and 970. The Abbey church then survived Hereward the Wake’s attack on the Abbey in 1069, and remained intact until an accidental fire destroyed the second Abbey here in 1116. It was rebuilt in its present form between 1118 and 1238. It became the Cathedral of the new Diocese of Peterborough in 1541 and it is now known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Andrew.
It is the burial place of two Queens - Katherine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots.
Picture added on 03 April 2011 at 09:55
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