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Bradford Cathedral

   
Address : 1 Stott Hill
Town/City : Bradford
County : Yorkshire
Country : England
Post code : BD1 4EH
Phone : 01274 777720
Web Site :  www.bradfordcathedral.org

Tucked away in the heart of a busy city, Bradford Cathedral is a treasure worth discovering: a place of beauty, peace and prayer, sitting in a green oasis.

 

 

The Cathedral is Bradford's oldest place of worship. The building tells two kinds of story: the Christian story dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, and the story of Bradford. Throughout many generations it has stood at the heart of this growing city, connecting with the people around it, in times of sorrow and celebration, war and peace.

This ancient site has been a place of Christian worship for nearly fourteen hundred years. The present church, the third on the site, was built in the fifteenth century, but includes elements from the previous thirteenth century building and later Victorian additions. In the 1960s it was extended further, based on the designs of Sir Edward Maufe, and is a fine example of his later work.

The Cathedral is home to some wonderful glass, wood, bronze and textiles. Some of William Morris and Co.'s earliest stained glass can be seen in 4 locations in the Cathedral, with designs by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, Philip Webb and Peter Paul Marshall, as well as Morris himself. There is also a beautiful Morris and Co. altar frontal on display in the Lady Chapel.

Other notable stained glass includes the World War One Memorial "story" Window, which commemorates the valour of the Prince of Wales' Own West Yorkshire Regiment throughout the battlefields of France and Belgium; and the magnificent West Window, featuring women from the Bible.

Other works include a wonderful carved cross, depicting the story of St Aidan, by Chris Shawcross; and a unique icon, written by iconographer John Coleman, which includes the Cow & Calf Rocks at Ilkley. There are also contemporary textiles by Polly Meynell and Patricia Porter.

Notable memorials include those to the Lister Family, Abraham Sharp (mathematician and astronomer) and Joseph Priestley, whose life work was to supervise the building of the Leeds Liverpool canal; others commemorate events such as the Battle of the Steeple in 1642/3 during the English Civil War, when woolsacks were hung from the church tower to protect it from cannon fire. Two more recent plaques commemorate Robert Lowry and George Whyte-Watson, who pioneered chemotherapy, and those who died and were injured in 1985 during the tragic fire at the Bradford City football ground.

You are assured of a warm welcome to Bradford Cathedral, whether you come to pray, to explore the architecture and heritage of the building, to take part in services, to wander around our latest art exhibition, to attend music concerts or civic events, or simply to sit and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the building and grounds.

For more information about Bradford Cathedral, to see the opening times, what's on calendar, or to watch our videos and services, visit the website at bradfordcathedral.org or find on social media.
Bradford Cathedral won the gold award for 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' in the White Rose Awards 2020.

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