More of Manchester Cathedral

More of Manchester Cathedral

Manchester Cathedral is much more than just its colourful, arty stained-glass windows. 2021 marked the 600th anniversary of the Royal Charter to establish the Collegiate Church of St Mary, St Denys and St George – Manchester Cathedral.

Inside Manchester Cathedral.

Manchester Cathedral's Chapter House.
Manchester Cathedral’s Chapter House.

Manchester Cathedral

It has suffered greatly during its centuries beside the rivers Irk and Irwell… Edward VI confiscated all the church plate in 1550, the church was ransacked during the Civil War nearly 100 years later, German bombing destroyed much of the north-east side of the cathedral and damaged the rest extensively in December 1940, and in June 1996 an IRA bomb exploded nearby causing damage. Nevertheless, Manchester Cathedral still stands and thrives.

Regiment Chapel in Manchester Cathedral.
Regiment Chapel.
A memorial book to the fallen.
A memorial book to the fallen.
Angel wings.
Angel wings.

Angel wings.

At the time of my visit in November last year, the cathedral was home to the Centenary Exhibition of the British Society of Master Glass Painters. I got to see a great collection of wonderful yet small stained-glass art.

Stained glass art by the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
Stained glass art by the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

Upon one wall is a plaque dedicated to the poor young children of Robert Lever and his wife. In twelve years they lost six children, three of which died in August 1647. The youngest child was just days old and the eldest was only 7 years of age. I can’t imagine how harrowing it was for Robert and his wife to lose all of those children.

The plaque dedicated to the Lever children.
The plaque dedicated to the Lever children.
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester Cathedral's Stoller Organ.
Manchester Cathedral’s Stoller Organ.
Manchester Cathedral Choir Stalls.
Choir Stalls.

There is so much history in this building and it is a must-see for any visitor to Manchester. I’m always amazed at the architecture and woodwork within churches and cathedrals. You never know what you might see.

Wood carvings in Manchester Cathedral.

Carved figure at Manchester Cathedral.


  1. Kris P says:

    It’s a spectacular space, Nikki. I’m amazed you were able to photograph so many areas without gobs of tourists and visitors getting in the way.

  2. We are lucky enough to have several Cathedrals and Abbeys down in this part of the country, however, the one we visit most often and is by default ‘local’ to us, is Salisbury, which is smaller in overall scale than Manchester, but every bit as beautiful.

    They have housed a similar exhibition of small stained glass art, which was indeed, amazing. I do love the angel wings exhibit though, and like Kelly, am interested if you know what they were made from.

    Because of Covid, the one thing which has yet to be rescheduled is Salisbury’s flower festival, which I hope will return this year and is definitely something to see.

    I could never take good enough pictures which would do it justice though – Yours are amazing! 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      I visited Salisbury a few years back and very much so enjoyed my visit. I think the angel wings were made from clay (I may be wrong though!).

  3. Ginnie Hart says:

    Whenever possible, Nikki, I visit churches/cathedrals like this, great and small, especially in England when we visit friends. My dad was a small-church preacher in Michigan and my mother was the choir director and organist. So you can imagine how much I think of them when I visit such a church, always first finding the pulpit and then the organ. Your images show so much of what’s there to see!

  4. Jodie says:

    I love visiting old churches and cathedrals in Europe and the UK! So much history – you can almost feel the souls of those that have worshipped there.

  5. Suzanne says:

    Absolutely stunning images, and can you imagine constructing something like that now? Very unlikely. I do miss visiting historical places such as these. However, I enjoyed my armchair travel with my shot of coffee.

  6. Beverley says:

    More wonderful photos of Manchester Cathedral. All those hours of dedicated and talented craft people to create this wonderful building.
    I do like the stained glass exhibition you were able to see on your visit, that must have been a real treat.

  7. Marty says:

    What a wonderful, well-kept place. In spite of all the challenges it’s faced, I’m really impressed by how nice it is. A very beautiful looking nave.

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