Faith, Art and Architecture: 1000 years
Carolyn Heighway, Susan Hamilton, David Hoyle, Frances Kay, Robin Lunn, Celia Thomson
- Highlights both the historical and architectural importance of Gloucester Cathedral, as well as its role as a Christian site of worship
Gloucester Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over a thousand years, growing from a small Saxon abbey to one of the greatest medieval monasteries in England. During the 14th and 15th centuries, Abbot Serlo’s Norman church was remodelled with dazzlingly experimental architecture. The abbey became a cathedral in 1540, and no new building work has been undertaken since. There have been many alterations to the interior, such as George Gilbert Scott’s transformation of the quire, and some wonderful stained glass from the 19th century to the present day, including superb examples by the Arts and Crafts artist Christopher Whall. This book celebrates the cathedral’s many glories and retells its fascinating history.
Susan Hamilton was co-ordinator of visitor services at Gloucester Cathedral (2000–10). Carolyn Heighway FSA was head of excavations for Gloucester Museum (1973–81) and archaeological consultant to Gloucester Cathedral (1981–2008). David Hoyle was a residentiary canon of Gloucester Cathedral and director of ministry for the diocese (2002–10). Frances Kay is an author and qualified cathedral guide. Robin Lunn is a member of the cathedral chapter and chairs the fabric committee. Celia Thomson has been a residentiary canon at Gloucester Cathedral since 2003.