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Encyclopedia > Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Christ Church Cathedral spire.
Christ Church Cathedral spire.

Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral of the city of Oxford, England. It is also, unusually, the chapel of Christ Church, the largest college of the University of Oxford. As such, it is the smallest cathedral in England, but is a rather large chapel for a college. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1544x2080, 1125 KB) Summary Photo by me. ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (1544x2080, 1125 KB) Summary Photo by me. ... A cathedral is a Christian church building, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Anglican, Catholic and some Lutheran churches, which serves as the central church of a diocese, and thus as a bishops seat. ... Oxford is a city and local government district in Oxfordshire, England, with a population of 134,248 (2001 census). ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... A chapel is a private church, usually small and often attached to a larger institution such as a college, a hospital, a palace, or a prison. ... College name Christ Church Named after Jesus Christ Established 1546 Sister College Trinity College Dean The Very Revd Christopher Andrew Lewis JCR President William Dorsey Undergraduates 426 MCR or GCR President {{{MCR President}}} Graduates 154 Home page Boat Club Christ Church (Latin: Ædes Christi, the temple or house of Christ... The University of Oxford (often called Oxford University), located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004...


The cathedral was originally the church of St Frideswide's Priory. The site is claimed to be the location of the abbey and relics of St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford, although this is debatable.


In 1522, the priory was surrendered to Cardinal Wolsey, having selected it as a site for his proposed college. However, in 1529 the foundation was taken over by King Henry VIII. Work stopped, but in June 1532 the college was refounded by the King. In 1546, Henry VIII transferred to it from Oseney to the see of Oxford. The cathedral has the name of Ecclesia Christi Cathedralis Oxoniensis, given to it by King Henry VIII's foundation charter. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c. ... Henry VIII King of England and Ireland by Hans Holbein the Younger His Grace King Henry VIII (28 June 1491–28 January 1547) was King of England and Lord of Ireland (later King of Ireland) from 22 April 1509 until his death. ...


There has been a choir at the cathedral since 1526, at the time when John Taverner became the organist and also master of the choristers. The statutes of Cardinal Wolsey's original college, initially called Cardinal College, mentioned sixteen choristers and thirty singing priests. Events January 14 - Treaty of Madrid. ... John Taverner should not be confused with the 20th-21st century British composer John Tavener. ... Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (c. ...


The nave, choir, main tower and transepts are of the late Norman period. There are architectural features ranging from Norman to the Perpendicular style. The Nave of Durham Cathedral demonstrates the characteristic round arched style, though use of shallow pointed arches above the nave anticipates the Gothic style. ... Winchester Cathedral Sherborne Abbey The Perpendicular Gothic period (or simply Perpendicular) is the third historical division of English Gothic architecture, and is so-called because it is characterised by an emphasis on vertical lines; it is also known as the Rectilinear style, or Late Gothic. ...


Sir Henry Gage (1597–1645) is buried in the Lucy Chapel off the south transept.


See also

College name Christ Church Named after Jesus Christ Established 1546 Sister College Trinity College Dean The Very Revd Christopher Andrew Lewis JCR President William Dorsey Undergraduates 426 MCR or GCR President {{{MCR President}}} Graduates 154 Home page Boat Club Christ Church (Latin: Ædes Christi, the temple or house of Christ... The Bishop of Oxford is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford in the Province of Canterbury. ... The Diocese of Oxford forms part of the Province of Canterbury in England. ...

External links

  • Christ Church Cathedral website
  • Christ Church Cathedral Choir website
  • Oxford Cathedral information

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Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (1754 words)
Christ Church Cathedral is the smallest cathedral in England and the seat of the Bishop of Oxford.
The oldest monument in the cathedral is the Shrine of St. Frideswide in the Latin Chapel.
Both John and his brother, the hymnwriter Charles, were undergraduates at Christ Church in the 1720s and were ordained in the cathedral as priests in the Church of England.
Christ Church, Oxford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1035 words)
Christ Church is the only college in England which is also a cathedral (one of the smallest in England), the seat (cathedra) of the Bishop of Oxford.
Its corporate title is The Dean, Chapter and Students of the Cathedral Church of Christ in Oxford of the Foundation of King Henry the Eighth, and the Visitor of the House is the reigning British Sovereign.
Christ Church's sister college in the University of Cambridge is Trinity College, Cambridge, founded the same year by Henry VIII.
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