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Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist Brecon





The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist
Brecon
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The Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist Brecon
By Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and
Dean and Chapter of Brecon Cathedral
Published 1994 - Out of Print

Review of Contents

This study is the product of a joint enterprise. In 1993, the Borough and Cathedral celebrated the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Brecon and the building of a church on the site of the Cathedral.
   The Dean and Chapter wished to mark the occasion by commissioning a major study of the Catherdral. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales undertook the detailed survey of the Cathedral and the complex of buildings in the Cathedral Close. The Friends of Brecon Cathedral, the third partner in the enterprise, have assumed the responsibility for publishing and distributing their study.
   The Dean and Chapter acknowledge with gratitude the financial help of the Friends, the Dioceasan Trust and the Archdeacon Bevan Memorial Fund.
   It was a privilege to be associated with Bishop Huw Jones, then Dean of Brecon, in the preliminary plans for the survey, and to have worked closely with the staff of the Royal Commission at Brecon. The detailed research and the completed text are their work; my responsibility has been the practical matter of seeing it through the Press.

    David Walker

Contents
The history of the Priory
'The finest Ecclesiastical Edifice in Wales': The architectural development of the Cathedral Church
    The eleventh- and twelfth-century church
    The thirteenth-century church
    The fourteenth-century church
    The rood screen
    The fifteenth-century church
    The church in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries;
    Reformation, Dissolution and decay
    The nineteenth century; decay and restorations
From Priory to Priory House: History and architectural developments of the buildings in the Cathedral Precincts
   The site of the medieval precinct buildings
   The Priory House; from prior's house to Deanery
   Gardens and Pleasure Grounds to the Priory House
   The Canonry, choir room and vestries;
    from medieval claustral rage to Town House and Priory stables
   The Outer Court in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries
Description and Analysis
   The Cathedral Church
   The Close Wall
   The Almonry
   The Barn
    The Canonry, vestries and choir room
   The Deanery and Clergy House
Notes and References
Biliography
Glossary of technical terms
Acknowledgements

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