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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Norwich Cathedral

We visited Norwich on July 31st with our "London" grandchildren, going by train from Ely. The train takes about an hour. A bus takes you to right outside the Castle Museum. The railway station is a walk from the cathedral of about 800m. The cathedral is about a 400m walk from the Castle Museum.

Norwich Cathedral is close to the Castle Museum (lots to see and do with young children) and near the top of the hill not far from Elm Hill. which is a famous cobbled road in the older part of the city.

I first visited this fine cathedral in 1967. It has changed a little since then with a new Visitor's Entrance and new Refectory. It still has the lovely roof bosses, the fine cloisters and the tower standing over it all.

For about 900 years the cathedral has dominated the skyline of the city.  Do not confuse this with the Catholic Cathedral not too far away. The Anglican Cathedral is built from Norman stone imported all the way from Caen, Normandy, in northern France. The stones must have been transported by river and sea in days long before trains, the Channel Tunnel and HGVs. There are some very fine pillars in the nave.
"The most complete Norman cathedral in England and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe, Norwich Cathedral is one of England’s greatest cathedrals."
Like many churches, the rood screen and organ rather block the view up the nave. There are strategically placed mirrors to help view the roof bosses.

There was a fine copper font (once part of a chocolate factory) and a candlelit statue representing the world. People lighting a candle are asked to make a small donation.

 When there, the organ was being played and the choir was assembling, I think for evensong.

The cathedral houses Edith Cavell's grave. She was a very brave nurse in WW1 who sadly lost her life. She was shot by the Germans for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium.

There are 2 cathedral closes. These are the Upper Close and the Lower Close. The former is a large green space and the Lower Close has fine Georgian houses overlooking a green area. Together this makes the largest close surrounding any cathedral in England.

We missed the peregrine falcons that were here on the tower. It must make a fine look-out!

There is no mandated entry charge, although visitors are encouraged to leave a donation to help with upkeep.

There are lots of places to eat nearby.

This is one of the finest cathedrals in the whole of England.

See http://www.cathedral.org.uk/ .

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