915-922 Viking settlers establish trading community on what is now South Main Street


c. 1050 Foundation of Christchurch by Hiberno-Norse. First church in the city of Cork


1081 Christchurch mentioned in Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland


1177 Anglo-Normans take the city of Cork


1185 Possible date of construction of Anglo-Norman Christchurch


1199 Christchurch listed among possessions of diocese of Cork by Pope Innocent III


1291 Christchurch rated in the taxation of Pope Nicholas at 15 Marks


1306 Evidence of oldest bequest to Christchurch made by John Wynchedon


1382 Evidence of Christchurch under royal patronage during reign of Richard II


c. 1450 Landgable Roll refers to Lady Chapel in Christchurch


1482 Philip Goold founds Chantry College on Christchurch Lane


1497 Perkin Warbeck arrives in Cork. Legend of his coronation as King Richard IV   in Christchurch by Irish opponents of Henry VII


1545 Christchurch marked on earliest surviving map of Cork – ‘The Tower of London’ map


1548 Chantry College dissolved


1555 Possible date for carving of ‘Modest Man’ 
1575 Elizabeth I grants lands, tenements and tithes to the value of £20 to pay for the maintenance of Christchurch


pre-1582 Chapel dedicated to St James in Christchurch


1587 Christchurch clearly marked on medieval map, Pacata Hibernia


1594 Edmund Spenser marries Elizabeth Boyle in Christchurch


1601 Hardiman Map depicts Christchurch with a nave, north and south aisles and a square tower at the west end


1621 Two bells cast for Christchurch. One inscribed with the name of ‘Andrew Skiddie, Mayor of Cork.’ Bell missing since 1931


1643-68 Christchurch Parish Register & Records. Earliest published records of burials in Cork


1644 Irish and Catholic population expelled from Cork city, including Old Catholic merchant classes, for conspiring rebellion. Cork put under military governance by Cromwell until 1656


1647 Soldiers killed in battle of Knockninoss between the forces of Lord Inchiquin and Lord Taafe interred at Christchurch


1649 Cromwell spends Christmas in Cork. Legend that Christchurch was used as stables and bells taken down to make cannons


1655 Cromwell grants new Municipal Charter to the Protestants of the city of Cork. John Hodder elected mayor


1690 Siege of Cork. Christchurch sustains damage. Protestants held captive in church released. Catholics in turn imprisoned


1691 Christchurch steeple contains ‘City Clock’


1716  Anglo-Norman Christchurch demolished


1718 Stone for the new Church put in place. John Coltsman is architect


1719 Parliamentary Coal Act. Taxes put on imported coal to rebuild Christchurch


1726 John Coltsman rebuild of Christchurch complete. £480 deficit. Coal Tax renewed


1747 Christchurch steeple continues to sink in marshy foundations. Deemed a public menace. Orders in place to take it down, though work not fully undertaken


1750 Mayor and Corporation Gallery erected on northern wall. Now non-existent


1787 A choir established in Christchurch by voluntary subscription to counter falling numbers and revenue


1810 Another 100ft of Christchurch tower removed due to subsidence


1815 ‘Modest Man’ slab found in crypt


1823 Architects deem Christchurch dangerous and close it


1825 Christchurch committee petitions parliament for funding of renovation


1827 Tenders put out for Christchurch renovations. George Richard Pain wins contract for £7000


1828 Pain remodels Christchurch interior


1829 Pain renovations complete. Records suggest every memorial was displaced and many destroyed during renovations


c.1830 Christchurch vaults and crypt no longer flood at high tide


1831 Soup houses set up by Christchurch Committee to safeguard against cholera


1840 Municipal Corporations Act. Marks the end of Protestant domination of Cork Corporation after nearly two centuries


1863 Human heart found enclosed in lead cyst in crypt. Now part of PittRiversMuseum collection, University of Oxford


1878 Renovations under W. H. Hill. Apse built. TC Lewis organ installed


1879 Pulpit and stained glass windows installed in apse


1885 Apse begins to subside


1891 Oak reredos panelling for the chancel put in place


1919 ‘Boys Brigade’ window erected in memory of parish casualties in World War I


1937 Apse repaired and reinforced


1974-77 Extensive archaeological excavation of Christchurch Lane by D C Twohig


1975 Archaeological excavations locate fragmentary remains of Chantry College


1978  Christchurch deconsecrated


1979 Cork Corporation purchase Christchurch. Cork Archives Institute opens


1997 Archaeological excavations of Tuckey Street reveal 11th century Hiberno-Norse structure and evidence of earliest settlement on the south island


2005 Cork City and County Archives move to Blackpool


2008 Refurbishment of Christchurch project initiated


2009 Pre-refurbishment works. Archaeological excavation – crypt and graveyard


2011 Renovations of Christchurch and integration into Triskel complete


April 2011 Christchurch reopens to the public