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Today’s church is the fourth to have stood on this site.
The first building was begun in the 7th century when Saint Wilfrid built one of England’s first stone churches here.
Devastated by the king in AD 948 as a warning to the Archbishop of York, only the crypt of Wilfrid’s original church survived.
Today this rests complete beneath the grandeur of Archbishop Roger de Pont l’Evêque’s 12th century minster.
A second church – was built and then destroyed in 1069 at the hands of William the Conqueror.
Thomas of Bayeux, first Norman Archbishop of York, then instigated the construction of a third, traces of which were incorporated into the later chapter house of Roger’s minster.
The west front was added in 1220, its twin towers originally crowned with wooden spires and lead.
Major rebuilding had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the War of the Roses but commenced after the accession of Henry VII and the restoration of peace in 1485.
The nave was widened and the central tower partially rebuilt.
Ripon Cathedral’s misericords were carved about this time. But in 1547, before this work was finished, Edward VI dissolved Ripon’s college of canons.
All revenues were appropriated by the Crown and the tower never received its last Perpendicular arches. It was not until 1604 that James I issued his Charter of Restoration.
The minster finally became a cathedral in 1836, the focal point of the newly created Diocese of Ripon - the first to be established since the Reformation.

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