The Gallery

The bishopric of Rochester is the second oldest in England, having been established at the beginning of the 7th century. The present cathedral stands on the site of the original Anglo-Saxon church and was largely built in the latter part of the 12th century. There is much Norman, Perpendicular and 15th century work still in evidence. Worthy of note are the Norman west doorway, the 13th century transepts and 13th century crypt. A fine series of bishops' tombs dates from more than seven hundred years ago.

Wells is England's smallest cathedral city and to my mind the west front (especially when illuminated at night) is one of the wonders of this country. Particularly beautiful are the 12th century north porch, the Nave, the Lady Chapel and the choir's 14th century east window. Photographs here include the remarkable 14th century clock across the face of which knights joust on the hour; and the superb stone staircase leading to the Chapter House with fan-vaulted ceiling.