3 December: Hereford Cathedral

Every day throughout Advent, we'll be introducing a different cathedral from around the UK and occasionally beyond.

Hereford Cathedral (Credit: Getty)

Denomination: Anglican

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Built: 1079

About the cathedral:

Hereford is one of the oldest cathedrals in England and has a diocese that covers Herefordshire, south Shropshire and the fringes of Worcestershire, Powys and Monmouthshire. Small but perfectly formed, it is particularly famous for housing the Mappa Mundi, a 13th-century map of the world, and a Chained Library of books dating back to the eighth century. Outside the cathedral is a statue of Elgar resting against his bicycle and admiring the building’s magnificent architecture.

Did you know?

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George Robertson Sinclair, who was organist of Hereford Cathedral from 1889 to 1917, is the subject of the ‘GRS’ variation in Elgar’s Enigma Variations – in the music, Sinclair’s bulldog, Dan, is portrayed splashing in and out of the River Wye. Today, Sinclair is commemorated by a plaque inside the cathedral, and there is a statue of Dan by the river.