Dromore Cathedral

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Dromore Cathedral
Dromore Cathedral
Coordinates: 54°24′53″N 06°09′06″W / 54.41472°N 6.15167°W / 54.41472; -6.15167
Location Dromore, Co Down
Country Northern Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Website http://www.dromorecathedral.co.uk/
Architecture
Completed 1661
Administration
Diocese Diocese of Down and Dromore
Province Province of Armagh
Clergy
Bishop(s) Bishop Harold Miller
Dean Dean Bryan Kerr
Curate(s) Reverend Trevor McKeown
Laity
Organist(s) Gordon Myers

Dromore Cathedral, formally The Cathedral Church of Christ the Redeemer, Dromore, is one of two cathedral churches (the other is Down Cathedral) in the Diocese of Down and Dromore of the Church of Ireland. It is situated in the small town of Dromore, County Down, Northern Ireland in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh.

The present building was originally constructed in 1661 by Jeremy Taylor, Bishop of Down and Connor and has been several times expanded to its present size. The organ was installed by Conacher of Huddersfield in 1871.

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The first church on the site was a wattle and daub building constructed by St Colman circa 510. This was replaced by a medieval church which was destroyed in the late 1500s. The church was again rebuilt and in 1609 elevated to the "Cathedral Church of Christ the Redeemer" by Letters Patent of James I. In 1641 this building, too, was destroyed.

The present building was first constructed under Bishop Jeremy Taylor in 1661 as a narrow church 100 feet (30 metres) long. In 1811 Thomas Percy (bishop of Dromore) added a short aisle at right angles to the nave to form an L-shaped floor plan. In 1870 a semicircular sanctuary and organ aisle were added. Finally in 1899 an additional aisle parallel to the original nave aisle was added to achieve a conventional rectangular floor plan.

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