The Cathedral Churches of England

Some of the pates from The Cathedral Churches of England, by A. Hamilton Thompson, London and New York, SPCK, 1925; Most (or all) of the images were already out of copyright when the book was produced. The author died in 1952, less than 70 years ago, so the text is still protected by copyright and I have included only very short excerpts.

[picture: Plate II. Canterbury Cathedral. South West View.]

Plate II. Canterbury Cathedral. South West View.

Canterbury Cathedral Church, pictured here under a rather dramatic and gloomy sky, burned down in 1174, and was rebuilt as shown here; the building work was finished in the year 1184. [more...]

[picture: Plate III. Gloucester Cathedral. West Front and South Side.]

Plate III. Gloucester Cathedral. West Front and South Side.

Gloucester Cathedral was built 900 years ago (it was completed in 1100); it was originally the Abbey of St. Peter, part of a Benedictine monastery. Here we see the towers and spires, the gothic windows, and, in the foreground, some people, giving a sense of scale. This picture is probably a reproduction of an eighteenth-century painting. If [...]is an old photograph. [more...]

[picture: Gloucester Cathedral Old Print - Wallpaper Version]

Gloucester Cathedral Old Print - Wallpaper Version

A version of Plate III without the border, scaled very slightly to make a computer desktop or wallpaper image. [more...]

[picture: Plate XX. Flying Buttresses.]

Plate XX. Flying Buttresses.

A caption identifies this as Plate xx (although on the image, in the upper right, the text Pl. LXIII appears, along with a reproduction of a French library stamp). The caption reads as follows: [more...]

[picture: Plate XXII. Ely Cathedral.]

Plate XXII. Ely Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral once stood on an island in the marshes; you can still see it for miles around in any direction. It’s old, very old, and in the days before electric light [...] [more...]

[picture: Plate XXV. The Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral.]

Plate XXV. The Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral.

Cloisters; a man leads a dog through them, presumably to give a sense of scale. The arches of the vaulted ceiling are prominent. On the left there is a graveyard. [more...]

[picture: Plate XXVII. Hereford Cathedral.]

Plate XXVII. Hereford Cathedral.

South West View with Cloisters. [more...]

[picture: Plate XXVI: Lincoln Cathedral. West Front.]

Plate XXVI: Lincoln Cathedral. West Front.

The See of Lincoln was formed in AD 678, but the first cathedral was destroyed in an earthquake in 1185. The present building dates from between AD 1255 and AD 1300, with late Normon, [...] [more...]



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