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SC 740652

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Date c. 1890

Collection Erskine Beveridge

Catalogue Number SC 740652

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of F 2049

Scope and Content St Andrews Cathedral, Fife, from the west door St Andrews Cathedral, founded in 1160, was partly completed and in use by 1238. After a major fire in 1378, repair and partial reconstruction continued until 1430. The church was abandoned after the Reformation in 1560, and only the east gable, half the west gable and most of the south wall of the nave now survive. The church was photographed c.1890 by the Scottish photographer, Erskine Beveridge. The east gable, dating from the 12th century, is almost intact, framed by square corner towers topped by dumpy octagonal spires. It was divided into four tiers, which, above the windowless lower storey, originally carried three round-headed windows. The bottom windows survive, but in 1430 the two upper tiers were replaced by one great east window. The remaining south wall of the nave (right) also dates from the 12th century. The late 13th-century west door has dogtooth ornament on the arches. The cathedral was designed on a huge scale, unequalled in Scotland. Called 'the great church', it was a cruciform (cross-shaped) structure with a long aisled nave, the longest of any church in Scotland, and an aisled choir and high sanctuary at the east end. It was consecrated by Bishop Lamberton in 1318 in the presence of King Robert the Bruce, seven bishops, 15 abbots and 'a large company'. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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