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Derby Cathedral (Derby)

Thre cathedral of All Saints is the cathedral serving the city of Derby.

Originally a collegiate church, it became the parish church in 1547, and was elevated to the status of cathedral when the see was founded in 1927.

The only part of the pre-Reformation church still standing is the tower, which was built in the early 16th century. In 1723, the vicar authorised the demolition of what was by then a pretty ruinous building, and all except the tower was pulled down during one night.

The new church was designed by James Gibbs, the architect of the splendid St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.

The cathedral contains a monument to Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick, who died in 1608. In the vault beneath is buried her descendant Henry Cavendish, who in 1766 discovered hydrogen.

In the tower is the oldest ring of ten bells in the world.

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