TS Eliot and Chichester Cathedral

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The Bell-Arundel Screen

TS Eliot, CEM Joad’s fellow communicant at Stedham church, was commissioned by Bishop George Bell of Chichester to write a play “Murder in the Cathedral”. The Bishop was a great Patron of the Arts.

The Arundel-Bell Screen was built as a tribute to Bishop George Bell in 1961. It replaced the Screen which was dismantled in 1859, resulting in the final collapse of the Cathedral Spire in 1861.

In April 2016, Bishop Bell’s name was deleted from the “Welcome to Chichester Cathedral” brochure, returning to its pre-1961 title “The Arundel Screen”.

This recent decision, and others relating to Bishop George Bell, has caused a magnitude of disquiet similar to that of the Spire’s collapse in 1861.

 

 

Spire Collapse - Nave view
Internal view of the Cathedral after the collapse of the Spire (Reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Chichester Cathedral.
Spire Collapse - external view
External view of the Cathedral after the collapse of the Spire (Reproduced by kind permission of the Chapter of Chichester Cathedral)
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