Sheffield has every right to be proud of its historic cathedral

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I was interested in both letters to The Star about Sheffield Cathedral, the writers had different opinions.

The history of the church goes back to 1100AD, the first church was a wooden building also with a fine Saxon cross of which a replica was made and the original Saxon cross is in the British Museum, London.

Also when the first stone church was built nobody knows what style of architecture the church was until the 16th century, until the central tower and spire was built in the perpendicular style.

There was no trace of Saxon or Norman architecture.

There was two restorations 1802 and 1882-8, the latter was undertaken by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and E M Hadfield in the neo prep and when the church became a cathedral Sir Charles Nicholson was to build a cathedral in the medieval style but only part was built in 1936 and 1951 the spire was rebuilt in 1949.

Then in 1965-6 the new extensions were built also most of the pinnacles were removed and with the first restoration of of 2004 to 2010 the pinnacles were renewed and lastly in 2012-14 was the £4m pound restoration project of the exterior and the interior of the Cathedral of which Sheffield can be proud of.

John Jackson

Sheffield