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.
Norwich has the second highest spire in England. Dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, it rests on monastic foundations. Thirty years after the Norman Conquest, work began to create the best preserved Romanesque cathedral in England. As we entered through Cathedral Close, by the monk’s door, a single bell was calling the faithful to prayer.
The Romanesque style is beefy and strapping. Nowhere is this style more evident than in the broad shouldered shafts of the crossing, which carry the weight of that high spire! The detail on the nave’s columns is a sort of candy-twist spiral. Above us are one thousand one hundred roof bosses and some magnificent vaulting.