The official name of Leicester Cathedral is The Cathedral Church of St. Martin and it is located in the heart of the city. The architecture is very much Gothic, and the structure comprises of various components. It has a large nave and chancel, two chancel chapels and a 220 ft. long spire that was built later on. The first mention of the building in records was in 1086 AD, where it was said to have taken the place of a Roman temple which preceded it. The spire, however, was not constructed until 1862 AD during which time several restorations had taken place transforming various elements of the structure.
Leicester Cathedral gained its current status in 1927 AD, at which time it was simultaneously set as the seat of the Bishop of Leicester. The evolution followed the making of the church into a collegiate church in 1922 AD, and the establishment of a new Diocese of Leicester in 1926 AD.
Several symbols of remembrance are associated to the Cathedral. For example, when built originally, it was dedicated to St. Martin of Tours in the Medieval times. It holds within it a cenotaph memorial stone to King Richard III whose death, until 2013, attracted a lot of speculation; this was because no one knew where his remains lay. In February 2013, it was announced to the public that the King’s remains were found and confirmed; where they would be interred, however, attracted much controversy. The King’s descendants have argued for respecting his wishes to be buried in York Minster with his family, but there also have been talks about the interring the remains in the memorial stone in Leicester Cathedral.
The Cathedral is located on Peacock lane in Leicester city centre. The closest A road to it is the A47, which ends at the roundabout near St. Nicholas Church. There are car parking facilities nearby at St. Nicholas Circle, at the Holiday Inn. Otherwise, the walking distance from Leicester train station is a mere 5 minutes if you are using public transport.
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Did you know that a lot of the refurbishment over the years had Victorian touches to it, producing a structure with combined Gothic and Victorian elements?