Durham Cathedral, From The River
Photographer: Wilson, George Washington
Medium: Photographic print
"There is perhaps no ecclesiastical building in England which is so happily situated, and presents such varied and picturesque views, as the Cathedral of Durham. The most favourable of these is from a point below Framwellgate Bridge, on the opposite bank of the River Wear, which runs rapidly along, sheltered on every side by its wooded banks; while overlooking it, in stately grandeur, stands the sacred pile, with its square towers decorated on each side with ranges of arches, and ornamented at their summits with open battlements. It was commenced in 1094, by William de Carileph, the bishop of Durham, the foundation-stone being laid in the presence of Malcolm III. of Scotland. At more recent periods it has several times received additions, which accounts for the variety of style in its architectural character."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson