AD 1070-1077, Doorway Of The Norman Refectory
Medium: Photographic print
In 1070 Lanfranc became the first Norman Archbishop of Canterbury. He rebuilt "in all haste, the houses essential to the monks. For those which had been used for many years, were found too small for the increased numbers of the convent. He therefore pulled down to the ground all that he found of the burnt monastery, whether of buildings or the wasted remains of buildings, and, having dug out their foundations from under the earth, he constructed in their stead others, which excelled them greatly both in beauty and magnitude. He built cloisters, celerers' offices, refectories, dormitories, with all other necessary offices, and all the buildings within the enclosure of the curia, as well as the walls thereof. As for the church...he set about to destroy it utterly, and erect a more noble one. And in the space of seven years, he raised this new church from the very foundations, and rendered it nearly perfect."
Text by the Rev. Robert Willis