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Peterborough cathedral

Peterborough cathedral

Engraver: Reeve

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1809

Shelfmark: Ktop XXXII

Item number: 13-o

Genre: Topographical Print

Built between 1118 and 1238 as a Benedictine abbey, Peterborough cathedral was known for its distinctive three-arch portico front. Daniel Defoe noted that "the glory of Peterborough is the cathedral, which is truly fine and beautiful; the building appears to be more modern, than the story of raising this pile implies, and it only wants a fine tower steeple, and a spire on top of it". There were a number of royal burials on this site, including those of Catharine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of Scots.

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