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Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cathedral (Newcastle-upon-Tyne)

The Cathedral of St. Nicholas is the cathedral that serves the major North Eastern city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Formerly a parish church, it was elevated to cathedral status when the see was founded in 1882.

A Norman church on the site was destroyed by fires in 1216 and 1248.

The monks of the Augustinian priory at Carlisle then began to rebuild the church, starting with the choir, but work was delayed by the Black Death, and the nave was not completed until he late 14th century.

The fine 15th century lantern steeple on the Western tower is reminiscent of the crown on St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh. However, the Newcastle one was built first.

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