Chester cathedral

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Chester cathedral

Chester cathedral

The Cathedral ‘Open and Free’: Dean Bennett of Chester, Alex Bruce

REES, (Richard) Michael (born 1935), Canon Emeritus, Chester Cathedral, since 2000

GORE, Arthur (1829 - 1913), Canon Residentiary of Chester Cathedral from 1893

COAD, William Samuel (1882 - 1965), Canon Residentiary, Chester Cathedral, 1944–63, then Emeritus

BURNE, Richard Vernon Higgins (1882 - 1970), Archdeacon Emeritus and Canon Emeritus of Chester Cathedral, since 1965

WRIGHT, Harold Hall (1859 - 1926), Hon. Canon and Precentor of Chester Cathedral

RUSHFORTH, Philip Christopher (born 1972), Director of Music, Chester Cathedral, since 2007

GORST, Ernest Freeland (1871 - 1942), Hon. Canon of Chester Cathedral since 1926

FISHER, Roger Anthony (born 1936), Organist and Master of Choristers, Chester Cathedral, 1967–96

HARDY, Basil Augustus (1901 - 1973), Canon Residentiary of Chester Cathedral since 1946 and Precentor since 1943

STONEX, Francis Tilney (1857 - 1920), Hon. Canon of Chester Cathedral; Vicar of Bowdon since 1919

TORR, William Edward (1851 - 1924), Vicar of Eastham, 1880–1917; Hon. Canon of Chester Cathedral

MERCER, John Edward (died 1922), Canon Residentiary Chester Cathedral, since 1916; Archdeacon of Macclesfield, 1919

HUGHES, Walter Octavius Marsh (died 1931), Rector of Tarporley since 1888; Residentiary Canon, Chester Cathedral, since 1922; Treasurer of Chester Cathedral; Proctor York Convocation, 1910–22

BARBER, Edward (1841 - 1914), Archdeacon of Chester and Canon Residentiary from 1886, and Vice-Dean from 1893 of Chester Cathedral; Rector of St Bridget, with St Martin, Chester

NEW, James Marr (1855 - 1931), Vicar of Backford, Chester, since 1904; Hon. Canon of Chester Cathedral, 1922

FISHER, Leslie Gravatt (1906 - 1988), Archdeacon of Chester and Canon Residentiary of Chester Cathedral, 1965–75; Vice-Dean, 1973–75; Archdeacon Emeritus since 1975


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The Benedictine abbey of St Werburgh was founded in 1092 on the site of an Anglo‐Saxon foundation. It produced the earliest of the Chester mystery plays, and the Polychronicon of Ranulph Higden (d. 1364) was its main contribution to medieval learning. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the abbey was reconstituted in 1541 as the cathedral, in the newly formed diocese. The abbey buildings are among the best‐preserved monastic remains in Britain. The carved choir‐stalls (c.1390) are particularly fine, though five misericords were destroyed by Dean Howson for being ‘very improper’.

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