[Bell Historians] Minsters
Carl S Zimmerman
csz_stl at s...
Thu Apr 22 16:52:25 BST 2004
>>From the Preston ringers' website:
>"The augmentation of the bells was also undertaken to celebrate
>Preston being granted City status by Her Majesty the Queen as part
>of her Golden Jubilee festivities, as well as the church receiving
>Minster status from the Blackburn diocese. "
Somewhat like a Roman Catholic church being awarded Basilica status?
>I was under the impression that there could not be two Cathedrals in one
>Diocese. Whilst all Cathedrals are located in cities, not every city has a
>Cathedral. In wishing to elevate a Church, due to the town becoming a
>city, the only option may be to give the Church Minster status.
>Howard E J Smith
A cathedral is the seat of the bishop who rules a diocese (Roman
Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal), and normally there is only one
building so designated. However, when the bishop's seat has been
moved in the course of history, some recognition of the original
often lingers on.
In the Catholic Archdiocese of St.Louis, the Cathedral Basilica of
St.Louis is commonly called the "New Cathedral", though it's now
about a century old--construction began in 1896, and it was dedicated
Its predecessor, the parish church now designated the "Basilica of
St. Louis, King of France", is commonly called the "Old Cathedral".
The parish was founded in 1770; the present building was dedicated in
1834, and was the first Catholic Cathedral west of the Mississippi
Both buildings have bells, though they are swung electrically, as is
the case in most Catholic churches in this country.
In the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota, there actually are two
cathedrals. You can find their pictures and history here:
Both cathedrals have chimes in their towers:
Faribault - 10 by Meneely/Troy, 1902, with chimestand
Minneapolis - 14 by Paccard, 1998, with electric keyboard
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