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A Tour of the Cathedral

Chapter House Exterior

Many pre-Reformation cathedrals were founded on the pattern of monasteries and religious foundations, and so they have cathedral closes, houses and cloisters to support a sizeable residential community. Patterns of use have changed though, and the Victorian cathedrals had little need for extensive monastic infrastructure, so the buildings around St Mary’s Cathedral were built or adapted for the use and purposes of a modern worshipping community.

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