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  2. 2. Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the river. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII). The foundations of the present church were laid by Abbot Serlo (10721104). The cathedral, built as the abbey church, consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every style of Gothic architecture. It is 420 feet (130 m) long, and 144 feet (44 m) wide, with a fine central tower of the 15th century rising to the height of 225 ft (69 m) and topped by four delicate pinnacles, a famous landmark. The nave is massive Norman with an Early English roof; the crypt, under the choir, aisles and chapels, is Norman, as is the chapter house. The crypt is one of the four apsidal cathedral crypts in England, the others being at Worcester, Winchester and Canterbury.
  3. 3. The west front
  4. 4. The 69m 15th century tower with parapets and corner pinnacles
  5. 5. Gloucester cathedral and Tudor house
  6. 6. The South porch
  7. 7. The four evangelists with St Peter and St Paul by Redfern in the niches above the entrance of the South porch
  8. 8. The 15th century south porch Stone figure of the Norman monk Serlo who founded the abbey in 1089 Figure of King Osric (maybe) founder of original Abbey of St Peter in 681St. Gregory
  9. 9. The unremarkable west front
  10. 10. Perpendicular tracery and spirelets on the west front
  11. 11. Tower with south transept, quire and south ambulatory Buttressing and somewhat strange joints between Lady Chapel and presbytery
  12. 12. St Mary de Crypt. Gloucester. XII s Bishop Hooper's Monument
  13. 13. Tower and the elevation of the presbytery from the south-east
  14. 14. The east window of the Lady Chapel, looking west from the southeast The tower seen from the northeast
  15. 15. The cathedral looking west from the northeast
  16. 16. Gloucester cathedral cloister Garth Lady Chapel
  17. 17. Birds feeding each other. Capital in Gloucester cathedral west entrance
  18. 18. Gloucester cathedral, the nave
  19. 19. The low Romanesque triforium and early perpendicular clerestory
  20. 20. Arcade, triforium, clerestory, and early English vault in the nave
  21. 21. Gloucester cathedral, the nave
  22. 22. The organ above the pulpitum as seen from the nave
  23. 23. The Romanesque nave with two perpendicular bays at the west end Cathedral Flowers July 2011
  24. 24. Gloucester Cathedral Flower Festival July 2011 Floral carpet entitled Monument to Osric who was a Prince of Mercia and founded the first religious house on the site in 679
  25. 25. Stained glasses west window, 1420 tracery and Victorian glass by William Wailes
  26. 26. The West Window with scenes from the life of Christ, 1420
  27. 27. Annunciation and Noli Me Tangere Stained-Glass Madonna with Child Stained-Glass The coronation of King Henry III stained-glass by Clayton and Bell, 1860
  28. 28. Perpendicular bay in the otherwise Romanesque nave Romanesque nave
  29. 29. Lierne vaulting above the two westernmost bays
  30. 30. Springing of the Tierceron Ribs with Liernes and Bosses
  31. 31. The lierne vault with bosses of the crossing seen from the south transept
  32. 32. The vast Norman columns of the Southern aisle arcade The arcading with small triforium and clerestory, south aisle, looking east
  33. 33. The Cathedral bookshop in one of the perpendicular bays in the nave
  34. 34. Sarah Morley's tombstone .Impelled by a tender and conscientious Solicitude to discharge her parental Duties in person, She embarked with her young Family when their Health and Education required their removal to England and having sustained the pains of Child-birth at Sea she died a few days after that event on the 25th. of May 1784, in the twenty-ninth year of her Age. Of seven Children, the Issue of her Marriage, one Son and three Daughters survived to lament the untimely Loss of an invaluable Mother
  35. 35. Two bays of the south aisle seen from the north aisle Wood pulpit in the nave
  36. 36. The Romanesque nave The south aisle looking west to the cathedral shop
  37. 37. Flying buttresses visible in the support arches around the central crossing
  38. 38. The Blessed Sacrament hanging over the altar in the 15th century Seabroke chantry Effigy of Thomas Seabroke, abbot from 1450 to 1457
  39. 39. Funerary monument
  40. 40. Painted monument to Thomas Machen and his Wife Christian in the north transept
  41. 41. Carved corbel with distorted face on the 13th century The clock by Henry Wilson in the north transept
  42. 42. Mid 13th century screen in the North transept with entrance to the treasury The north ambulatory entrance to St Paul's Chapel in the North transept
  43. 43. Stars and Stripes and Union Flag fly over the memorial to John Stafford Smith (composer of US anthem) The north aisle
  44. 44. Quadripartite vaulting of the north aisle
  45. 45. Stained-glass window with perpendicular tracery in the north transept
  46. 46. Stained-glass with martyrs in the north transept. Details
  47. 47. Perpendicular window tracery and stained-glass in the north transept
  48. 48. Elizabeth Williams' tomb, who died in childbirth (1622)
  49. 49. John Bower and his wife's tomb, with their nine sons and seven daughters
  50. 50. The effigy of Robert Duke of Normandy Robert Curthose was the eldest son of William the Conqueror. He mortgaged the Duchy of Normandy to his brother William II King of England in order to raise the money necessary to participate in the First Crusade (10961099). On returning from the crusade he was in the process of marrying a wealthy wife, when his brother William died, and his youngest brother Henry I seized the English throne.1 Robert invaded England to reclaim the throne in 1101 the resulting struggle between the two brothers lasted five years until Henry I won a decisive victory at the battle of Tinchebray in Normandy. Robert was captured and held prisoner at Devizes Castle and later at Cardif Castle where he was held until his death in 1134.
  51. 51. King Edward II burial in Gloucester Cathedral
  52. 52. King Edward II effigy
  53. 53. View to the west from Gloucester cathedral tower. To the left, St Nicholas; to the right, St Mary de Lode
  54. 54. Sound: Jan Garbarek - Sanctus Text: Internet Pictures: Branislav L. Slantchev and Antonio M Cabrera Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foi oreanu