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There has been a stone church on the site since when Saint Wilfrid replaced the previous timber church of the monastery at Ripon a daughter house of Saint Aidan 's monastery at Melrose with one in the Roman style. This is one of the earliest stone buildings erected in the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Northumbria. The crypt dates from this period. People have been coming to worship and pray at Ripon for more than 1, years. The cathedral building is part of this continuing act of worship, begun in the 7th century when Saint Wilfrid built one of England's first stone churches on this site, and still renewed every day.
Within the nave and choir, you can see the evidence of years in which master craftsmen have expressed their faith in wood and stone.
Today's church is the fourth to have stood on this site. Saint Wilfrid brought stonemasons, plasterers and glaziers from France and Italy to build his great basilica in AD A contemporary account by Eddius Stephanus tells us:. Saint Wilfrid was buried in this church near the high altar. A second minster soon arose at Ripon, but it too perished — this time in at the hands of William the Conqueror. Thomas of Bayeux , first Norman Archbishop of York, then instigated the construction of a third church, traces of which were incorporated into the later chapter house of Roger's minster.
The Early English west front was added in , its twin towers originally crowned with wooden spires and lead. The east window was built as part of a reconstruction of the choir between and , and was described by architecture critic Pevsner as a 'splendid' example of the series of large Decorated gothic windows constructed in Northern England. Major rebuilding had to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses but resumed after the accession of Henry VII and the restoration of peace in The nave was widened and the central tower partially rebuilt.
The church's thirty-five misericords were carved between and The same Ripon school of carvers also carved the misericords at Beverley Minster and Manchester Cathedral. But in , before this work was finished, Edward VI dissolved Ripon's college of canons. All revenues were appropriated by the Crown and the tower never received its last perpendicular arches.
It was not until that James I issued his Charter of Restoration. The minster finally became a cathedral the church where the Bishop has his cathedra or throne in , the focal point of the newly created Anglican Diocese of Ripon — the first to be established since the Reformation. As of 16 January The musical tradition in the cathedral is very strong.
The cathedral has a fine organ by Harrison and Harrison , which is a rebuild of the original Lewis instrument dating from The organ is on the screen and has casework by Gilbert Scott. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. The organ last under went a major refurbishment in In , the organ at Ripon Cathedral was played by a priest, Thomas Litster. A ring of 12 bells with an additional 'flat sixth' bell is hung in the south-west tower. A diatonic ring of ten bells was cast in , and three additional bells were installed in with two new trebles being added to give a diatonic ring of twelve, and an additional 'flat sixth' bell to give a light ring of eight.