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West End View of Hereford Cathedral

West End View of Hereford Cathedral

Artist: Wathen, J.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1789

Shelfmark: K top Vol 15

Item number: 96.k

Length: 27.5

Width: 37.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the ruins of the west tower of the Cathedral in Hereford, western England. The tower and west end of the Cathedral, which dated from the Norman period, collapsed on Easter Monday 1786. Before the collapse of the wing a single axial tower stood here, an unusual feature in English cathedrals and more common in France. The architect James Wyatt (1746-1813) designed and built a new wing however because of a lack of funds the cathedral was shortened by one bay. In the early 20th century further work was carried out on the wing by architect Oldrid Scott and a memorial window for Queen Victoria was added.

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