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TITLE
Inverness Cathedral
EXTERNAL ID
HC_MISC_IMAGES_005
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1990s
SOURCE
The Highland Council
ASSET ID
13546
KEYWORDS
cathedrals
church
churches
carvings
Inverness Cathedral

In this photograph the cherry trees in front of Inverness Cathedral are seen in blossom. St. Andrew's Cathedral, designed by Alexander Ross, was built between 1866 and 1869. Consecrated in 1874, it was the first cathedral to be built in Britain since the Reformation.

Original plans for the cathedral had included two 30 metre spires, a cloister and a much longer chancel, but lack of funding meant they could not be built. The plan is believed to have been based on the 13th-century Gothic cathedral of Moray, in Elgin.

On the arch surrounding the transept window are carved a horse and a wheel. It is believed that while the cathedral was being constructed, the building stones were lifted by means of a pulley and a wheel, which was turned by a horse. Not long before the building was finished, one of these stones slipped and killed the horse. The animal was commemorated by this carving.

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Inverness Cathedral

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1990s

cathedrals; church; churches; carvings

The Highland Council

In this photograph the cherry trees in front of Inverness Cathedral are seen in blossom. St. Andrew's Cathedral, designed by Alexander Ross, was built between 1866 and 1869. Consecrated in 1874, it was the first cathedral to be built in Britain since the Reformation.<br /> <br /> Original plans for the cathedral had included two 30 metre spires, a cloister and a much longer chancel, but lack of funding meant they could not be built. The plan is believed to have been based on the 13th-century Gothic cathedral of Moray, in Elgin.<br /> <br /> On the arch surrounding the transept window are carved a horse and a wheel. It is believed that while the cathedral was being constructed, the building stones were lifted by means of a pulley and a wheel, which was turned by a horse. Not long before the building was finished, one of these stones slipped and killed the horse. The animal was commemorated by this carving.