A river runs round it, the River Wear is Durham’s girdle. Durham is Norman architecture in its Sunday suit. The massive Romanesque towers stand like tall trees over the Wear, with Bishop Booth’s more delicate central tower (1415 –1490) seeming to peer over their shoulders.
One of Durham’s chapels is the burial place of the Venerable Bede, who wrote the first history of England. Nave, choir, transepts are all Romanesque. St Cuthbert’s shrine is marked by a colourful piece by Sir Ninian Comper. Sir George Gilbert Scott contributes a marble screen to mark the transition from nave to high altar, onwards and upwards to Cuthbert’s shrine in the Apse.
An extract from English Cathedrals: A journey in drawings
This book is an affectionate voyage around the country capturing on paper the wonder of these very special places.
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