Records indicate that that the site of Christ Church Cathedral has been in religious use since around 1030. The original structure was constructed under Viking king Sitric Silkenbeard and would have been wooden. This was replaced by a stone building in the latter part of the 12th century. The building we see today dates to the late 19th century.
As far back as the 18th century, there were tales of “grim grey monks in vaporous gowns and cowls” walking on the grounds of the cathedral, but these are hard to validate. It is said that a British soldier was accidentally locked in the crypt back in the 18th century. Some versions of the story have been embellished with claims that he was “eaten alive” by rats and that when he was eventually discovered, his skeleton was surrounded by many rodent carcasses he had slain prior to his own demise. The entrance to the chamber has since been bricked up, but some claim that his desperate and hopeless cries for help are occasionally heard in the area.
In more recent times, the ghostly figure of a veiled woman has been seen walking along Church Street and entering the cathedral through the western door. Believed to the wife of a bishop, once inside, she is often seen sitting in a pew or kneeling. Some accounts refer to her playing the organ.
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