Part Of Crypt Under The Choir, AD 1121; Pillar To Support Vault Inserted AD 1182
Medium: Photographic print
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.