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Hereford Cathedral Facade



The present facade of Hereford Cathedral was built in the early 1900s to replace a medieval one which had collapsed.  The foundation stone was laid "with masonic ceremonial" by the Deputy Grand Master of the Free Masons of England.






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Hereford Cathedral Nave



Hereford Mappa Mundi


India - Hereford Mappa Mundi


Hereford Cathedral is not one of your gob smacking English medieval cathedrals, but it does contain a gob smacking artefact - the 1200s Hereford Mappa Mundi,  a world map painted in the 1200s on a huge (1.6M high) deer hide parchment (left) which can be seen in the Cathedral Library.  On the right is part of the map's representation of India.



Mappa Mundi, the Hereford Cathedral World Map



Scott Westrem, The Hereford World Map, Mappa Mundi


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The Becket Reliquary Ch‚sse Mystery


The signage in Hereford Cathedral exhorts visitors not to leave before they have seen, inter alia, Hereford's famous Thomas Becket Reliquary Casket (the only one, it is claimed, to be still in its original location). 


Confusingly, if you ask the way to this you are told that it is kept locked up and can only be seen on one day a year.  There are not even any postcard photos of it  in the cathedral bookshop.



Becket Reliquary Chasse, Hereford Cathedral



Shrine of Saint Thomas Cantilupe, Hereford Cathedral



The medieval pilgrimage shrine of "the other St Thomas" - Saint Thomas Cantilupe (c1218 - 1282 (64)), latterly Bishop of Hereford (though he died in Montefiascone in Lazio, where Adriano has a favourite seafood lunch Ristorante called Da Rita), who was canonised in 1320.   Thomas was the Provincial Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and there are 14 of them standing and sitting in niches around the  lower part of the shrine (with faces and shield coats of arms removed).  It is not clear why this shrine escaped the general shrine destruction by Henry VIII's Commission for the Destruction of Shrines in the late 1530s, except that Hereford and Saint Thomas were not exactly mainstream and may have been overlooked in the rush for more lucrative targets.




Three of the six Knights Templar on the tomb's south side.  All the knights have been defaced, and any traces of insignia have been removed from their shields.



Misericord, Hereford Cathedral


Hereford has lots of misericords, mostly not accessible - but they can be seen here .



Romanesque Capital, Hereford Cathedral



The cathedral no longer has many in situ medieval stone sculptures, but there is a display of rescued painted Romanesque capitals - this one involving the devil doing something complex.



Romanesque Capital, Hereford Cathedral



Sepulchral Slab, Hereford Cathedral Crypt



An engraved sepulchral slab and a brace of weathered heads in the crypt.



Hereford Cathedral Crypt Tombs



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