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TITLE
View of Inverness from Castle Hill
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0148
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32043
KEYWORDS
cathedrals
St. Andrews Cathedral
Alexander Ross
River Ness
postcards
architect
architects
View of Inverness from Castle Hill

This postcard shows a view of the River Ness and Inverness from Castle Hill. To the right is St. Andrew's Cathedral.

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 100-foot spires, a cloister and a much longer chancel, but they were never 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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View of Inverness from Castle Hill

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1900s

cathedrals; St. Andrews Cathedral; Alexander Ross; River Ness; postcards; architect; architects

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a view of the River Ness and Inverness from Castle Hill. To the right is St. Andrew's Cathedral.<br /> <br /> 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 100-foot spires, a cloister and a much longer chancel, but they were never 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