Bradford Cathedral

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Bradford Cathedral Oct 06, 2017
In my ignorance, I had not realised that Bradford has a cathedral.

The former parish church that is now a cathedral. It only became so when a new diocese, that of Bradford, was created in 1919. This separated Bradford from its former existence as a parish in the Diocese of Ripon.

The cathedral’s nave was completed in 1458. Its eastern part, the Chancel and Sanctuary, are more recently built. They were built in the 1960s as extensions to enlarge the church, which had become a cathedral, to designs by the architect Edward Maufe (1882-1974). This extension had been planned long before WW2, but only completed afterwards.

The timber roof of the nave is decorated with painted carved angels, some of them playing musical instruments. The stone font has an elaborately carved steeple-like wooden cover, which can be raised and lowered by a pulley system.

The church has many sets of stained-glass windows (see: http://www.bradfordcathedral.org/the-building/the-windows/). Two attracted us. The one in the Lady Chapel contains works designed by William Morris and some of the Pre-Raphaelite artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Despite this celebrity line-up, the window, as a whole, is not particularly beautiful. The altar cloth beneath this eastern window is a hand-embroidered William Morris product. It is a bit ironic to find something made by one so hostile to industrialisation, as was Morris, in a city that became rich from its mechanised textile weaving.

The poignant West Yorkshire Regiment Window was created by Archibald J. Davis of Bromsgrove in 1921. Its panels include scenes depicting episodes on the Western Front (Flanders and France) during WW1. Close to the window, mounted on a wooden board, there is a piece of rock and a glass container filled with sand. These were collected from the beaches at De Panne (in Belgium close to its coastal border with France), where many British and Allied forces were evacuated from Europe in May to June 1940.

The cathedral contains many memorials. One of them, which caught my attention, was dated 1983. It was unveiled by Yaroslav Stetsko (1912-1986), a Ukrainian who was head of the Anti-Bolshevik Bloc of Nations from its inception in 1943 until his death. In his autobiography, he expressed anti-Semitic sentiments, blaming the Jewish people for the existence of Communism. I am not sure whether the Provost of Bradford who dedicated this monument was aware of Stetsko’s less savoury opinions.

This building is certainly worth a leisurely visit.
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alectrevor says:
Been to Bradford many a time,only 30 miles away but never been in the Cathedral, interesting page. all the best.
Posted on: Oct 07, 2017
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