Saturday, 4 July 2009

Cathedral Clock

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St. Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle is noted for its lantern spire which was added in 1448 .The original church on the site was built in 1091, but was destroyed by fire in 1216. It was rebuilt in 1359 and became a cathedral in 1882 .

The interior of the church was badly damaged by Scottish invaders in 1640. At a later siege in 1644 the Scottish invaders threatened to destroy the lantern tower with cannon fire; the then Mayor of Newcastle, Sir John Marley put some Scottish prisoners in the tower and told them to go ahead; the prisoners and the spire survived.
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3 comments:

  1. Wonderful historical commentary! It seems, though, that the clock does not mesh too well with the Cathedral's architecture?

    I like it, though.

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  2. It is beautiful! I like colours and details! Thanks!

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  3. Wow. The history of this cathedral is amazing. And so is the determination of Sir John Marley! But I'm glad the spire was saved — the window and clock are beautiful!

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