- Wakefield Cathedral
Infobox UK cathedral
building_name =Wakefield Cathedral
caption =The spire of Wakefield Cathedral
full_name =Cathedral Church of All Saints
county =West Yorkshire
denomination =Church of England
tradition =Broad Church
bishop =Rt Rev
Stephen George Platten
dean =Very Rev Jonathan Greener
director_music =Mr Jonathan Bielby
organist =Mr Tom Moore
website = [http://www.wakefield-cathedral.org.uk www.wakefield-cathedral.org.uk]
Wakefield Cathedral, formally the Cathedral Church of All Saints Wakefield is the
cathedralfor the Church of England's Diocese of Wakefieldand is the seat of the Bishop of Wakefield. The Cathedral has the tallest Cathedral spire in Yorkshire.
The cathedral stands on the site of a Saxon church in the centre of
Wakefieldin the northern English county of Yorkshire, and the present building was mainly built during the 14th and 15th centuries in the Perpendicularstyle. The 15th century spireis 247 feet (75 m) tall and is the highest spire in Yorkshire, as well as being the fourth loftiest spire in England.
The building was restored during the 19th century by
George Gilbert Scott, with the stained glass windows being created being Charles Eamer Kempe. In 1888, the Diocese of Wakefield was created and All Saintschurch became the diocese's cathedral. Unusually, it also still serves as a parish church, meaning that until 2000 the head of the chapter of canonswas called the provost, rather than the dean.
In 1992 Wakefield Cathedral became only the second cathedral in Britain to form a girls'
Organ and Organists
[http://npor.emma.cam.ac.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=D00707 Details of the organ from the National Pipe Organ Register]
There have only been 4 organists of the Cathedral in 120 years, with Jonathan Bielby currently being the longest serving Cathedral organist in England today.
* 1886 Joseph Naylor Hardy
* 1930 Newell S. Wallbank
* 1945 Percy George Saunders
* 1970 Jonathan Bielby
2005 Maundy Money Ceremony
In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II visited the cathedral for the
* G. Nairn-Briggs (2006) "Wakefield Cathedral" Jarrold Publishing ISBN 978-0-7117-4228-4
* [http://www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk/ Wakefield Cathedral]
* [http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=712 Wakefield Cathedral on Skyscrapernews.com]
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