A little while back I paid a visit to Bangor Cathedral, North Wales. If you are ever in Bangor you might be confused and assume that the Gothic style building on the hill is the cathedral, but that’s actually part of the University.
Instead, the Cathedral is low-lying and inconspicuous, on a site that has been in use as a place of Christian worship since the 6th century, almost in the centre of town.
The site of Bangor Cathedral was originally occupied by St. Deiniol‘s monastery which was sacked in 634 and again in 1073. Nothing of the original building survives.
The church was badly damaged when King Edward I of England invaded Gwynedd in 1282, but later there was extensive rebuilding and the nave was rebuilt in the late 14th century. During the 15th century there was further extensive reconstruction, with further work being done during the 18th century.
The building as seen today is the result of extensive work carried out under the supervision of Sir George Gilbert Scott begun in 1868. Scott’s design originally called for a high central tower and spire, but this was never completed as cracks appeared which were thought to indicate subsidence of the foundations. The tower was therefore left as a low structure.