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Welcome to the very special history of Ripon Cathedral. We can trace our foundation to the middle of the seventh century, when the monastery established on this site was a power- house in the development of Christianity in England and abroad. The present medieval building is on the site of the stone church built at that time, and beneath the crossing we still have the original seventh-century crypt, where an unbroken tradition of worship continues to this day.

As you read through this brief history, you can find out more by clicking on the links provided. You may also be interested in downloading our app. This takes you on a tour of the cathedral and introduces you to some of the people associated with it — from Anglo-Saxon saints (scroll down to find out more about these) to Lewis Carroll and Wilfrid Owen.