Bradford Cathedral is a Church of England Cathedral and is the oldest building in the city. It won the “Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Gold Award” at the 2020 White Rose (Yorkshire) Awards. The present building dates from 1458, with evidence of re-used stone from an earlier church dating from the 1200s in parts and containing Anglo-Saxon fragments of old preaching crosses. The site of the present Cathedral has been a Christian place of worship since the seventh century and the Cathedral holds much of the story and the history of Bradford in its very stones.
Bradford Cathedral contains fine examples of stained glass by William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones, among others; the building was a focus during local skirmishes in the English Civil War, including an incident known as the Battle of the Steeple when woolsacks were hung around the tower to protect it from Royalist cannons; there is a great deal of local and social history on its walls in the form of many fine stone memorials; there are also fine examples of stone masons’ marks, particularly at the west end and tower of the building.
***This opportunity is temporarily suspended or adapted due to Covid-19. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply as usual and the organiser will be in touch with you with the updated details and ways to get involved.***
Volunteers will be asked to do some or all of these tasks as agreed with their line manager.
Skills and Qualities Needed
Minimum commitment level: Once every two months
Start Date: 01-09-2019