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Part Of Crypt Under The Choir, AD 1121; Pillar To Support Vault Inserted AD 1182

Part Of Crypt Under The Choir, AD 1121; Pillar To Support Vault Inserted AD 1182

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 4707.c.23.(2)

Item number: 15

Length: 10.4

Width: 16.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Canterbury Cathedral was founded in 597 by Saint Augustine and rebuilt in the Romanesque style by its Norman Archbishop Lanfranc. In 1174 a fire destroyed much of choir but left the crypt untouched and therefore remarkably preserved. However, in 1182, William the Englishman structurally fortified the crypt with new piers built to bear the weight of corresponding pillars in Ernulf's choir above.

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