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Old May 18th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #41
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Lincoln Cathedral is one of Englands truely epic buildings. It is situated on top of a hill in a small city and dwarfs everything nearby. It is visible from many miles away and was once the tallest building in the world before the spire on the central tower collapsed in 1549

Due to its epic and monumental exterior this building deserves two posts so this one is for the outside. One of the best views is from Lincoln Castle
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Lincoln Cathedral skyline by barnyz, on Flickr

Like many English cathedral's it is very long. Note how the choir roof (right of central tower) is lower than the nave roof to the left. Another sure sign of a building built in parts over many years which is reflected in the interior
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Lincoln Cathedral skyline by barnyz, on Flickr

Looking down at the west twin towers from the top of the central tower, this was the skyscraper of its age
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The Lady Chapel on the east end
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Old May 18th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #42
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Lincoln Cathedral continued. The interior is as impressive and monumental as the exterior. The famous Victorian critic John Ruskin wrote of it "I have always held... that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have." Im not sure I quite agree with that but it is very awe inspiring hence why I have visited it three times so far

Detail of the Early English triforium in the nave
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Lincoln Cathedral by barnyz, on Flickr

The "crazy vault" in the chior, a unique and insane looking way to make a cieling
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The "Bishops Eye" rose window in one of the transepts
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The huge gothic stainded glass window in the Lady Chapel
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Old May 19th, 2012, 01:06 AM   #43
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Ripon and Lichfield look particularly interesting. And Lincoln is, simply, monumental.
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Old May 19th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #44
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Ripon and Lichfield look particularly interesting. And Lincoln is, simply, monumental.
Lichfield is small but really perfect in every other way, a real hidden gem just 20-30 minutes outside of Birmingham (the first time i visited I did it as a day trip from Liverpool). Lincoln is slightly harder to get too but is staggering and also very beautiful, it contains many perfect examples of gothic architecture and imo is a must for any architecture nerd

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Old May 19th, 2012, 02:32 AM   #45
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Buckfast Abbey in Devon in the south west of England. The original medieval monastery was ruined shortly after the desolution of the monasteries. All that remained until recently were the foundations, then in 1882 French monks arrived and rebuilt it over a period of 30 years using primitive construction methods to recreate this medieval master piece

Approaching the west front of the monastery which is still used by monks to this day
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Buckfast Abbey by barnyz, on Flickr

The rebuilt interior is an amazing achievement considering the construction methods used, there were never more than 5-6 monks working on it at any one time
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Old May 19th, 2012, 04:58 PM   #46
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Liverpool Anglican cathedral. This gothic monster is rather new and also rather massive being one of the ten biggest cathedrals in the world. This is another of the first I visited hence the low quality photo.

The bulk of the building is most impressive
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Old May 19th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #47
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Liverpool Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral. Liverpool's second modern cathedral but this one is very different to the one above. Originally this building was going to be a monumentally massive neo-gothic domed cathedral designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens but was then re-designed as this rather more modest modern building. I would have preferred the orginal design but the modernity of this one makes it very interesting and different

Modernist cathedral, the interior is better but my photos from the interior are too bad to look at
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Old May 19th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #48
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Wells cathedral, mostly Early English in style this is one of the finest cathedrals in England and is particulary famous for its massive ornate west front

The ornate west front with its 300 or so statues is one of the largest collections of medieval scuplture in the world which is amazing considering these things have been outside for nearly 1000 years
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View from the Bishops Palace
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The magnificent interior with is famous scissor arches supporting the crossing tower (although they always remind me of a sad owl's face)
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Another fine example of a gothic cloister
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The ruins of the Bishops Palace "For the greater good"
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Old May 19th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #49
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Wells, St Cuthbert Church

As well as the cathedral Wells also contains this fine perpendicular church
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Old May 19th, 2012, 09:48 PM   #50
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Amazing!
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Old May 20th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #51
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Amazing!
Cathedrals are always amazing
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Old May 20th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #52
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Ely cathedral is another of the larger and more famous of Englands cathedral's. It has a unique octagonal lantern where there would normally be a crossing tower. The cathedral in common with many other English cathedrals is very long and also built in many styles over many years

Viewed from a distance it almost looks like a small city all by itself
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Ely Cathedral by barnyz, on Flickr

The unique and famous octagonal lantern from the outside. This central space also seperates the Romanesque nave from the gothic choir
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Looking up into the octagonal lantern
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The powerful looking romanesque nave
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In contrast to the romanesque nave above the choir is gothic mixing Early English and Decorated gothic styles
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Fantastic. I really need to visit some more cathedrals and cathedral towns.
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Fantastic. I really need to visit some more cathedrals and cathedral towns.
I would recommend it

I hope I can visit every single one of them again in the future.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 01:31 PM   #55
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Lacock Abbey. Little remains of this abbey, the church itself was demolished after the dissolution of the monasteries and was replaced by a manor house (which is itself famous for being one of the birthplaces of photography). However the cloisters and many other monastic elements were kept and now form part of the house

The gothic cloisters of Lacock Abbey were used in two Harry Potter films
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Old May 21st, 2012, 01:58 PM   #56
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Bristol Cathedral, an unusual gothic cathedral by English standards

From the outside it looks like a typically long English gothic cathedral
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But the interior is more like a German "hall church" than an English cathedral. The side aisles are the same height as the nave meaning there are no clerestory windows to directly light the nave.
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Old May 21st, 2012, 02:07 PM   #57
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Bristol, the church of St Mary Redcliffe. Citizens in Bristol are truely spoilt, not only a cathedral but also a cathedral sized gothic church often considered one of the finest non-cathedral medieval buildings of England.

The spire of St Mary Redcliffe
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The interior is an amazing Perpendicular gothic space
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Old May 21st, 2012, 06:12 PM   #58
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I have visited Lacock Abbey, but I really must visit Bristol again and see both the cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe. Fantastic.
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I have visited Lacock Abbey, but I really must visit Bristol again and see both the cathedral and St Mary Redcliffe. Fantastic.
that is a good idea, maybe combine it with a side trip to Wells or Gloucester or even Bath as they are all nearby
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that is a good idea, maybe combine it with a side trip to Wells or Gloucester or even Bath as they are all nearby
I used to live in Gloucestershire and have been to both Wells & Gloucester Cathedral, although not Bath Cathedral.
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