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Timeline

Cathedral TimelineMonumental milestones

Gloucester Cathedral embodies 1,300 years of heritage, from its origins as a 7th Century religious site to the great Cathedral dominating the cityscape today. It is a place full of stories of people and events which have helped define our national identity and also demonstrate the changing face of local life and worship.

The timeline below gives a flavour of some of the significant events that have shaped the Cathedral today:

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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.

2014

Project Pilgrim development begins