Chichester Cathedral - Framed Picture - 20" x 16"
Chichester Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, is located in Chichester. It was founded as a cathedral in 1075, when the seat of the bishop was moved from Selsey.
Chichester Cathedral was built to replace the cathedral founded in 681 by St. Wilfrid for the South Saxons at Selsey.
Chichester Cathedral has fine architecture in both the Norman and the Gothic styles, but Chichester has two architectural features that are unique among England's medieval cathedrals; a free-standing medieval bell tower and double aisles.
The spire of Chichester Cathedral is a landmark for sailors, Chichester being the only medieval English cathedral which is visible from the sea.
In 1262, Richard de la Wyche, who was bishop from 1245 to 1253, was canonised as Saint Richard of Chichester. His shrine made the cathedral a place of pilgrimage. The shrine was ordered to be destroyed in 1538 during the first stages of the English Reformation. In 1642 the cathedral came under siege by Parliamentary troops.