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The crypt, Canterbury Cathedral

The crypt, Canterbury Cathedral

Artist: Sandly, P

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1790

Shelfmark: Kotp XVI

Item number: 36-o

Genre: Topographical Drawing

This Norman-era crypt is one of the most interesting and architecturally important features of the cathedral. Massive stone pillars lead up to intricately carved Romanesque capitals and splendid early-Norman vaulting. It is also one of the largest undercroft complexes in an English church. Travel author Celia Fiennes, who visited Canterbury Cathedral in 1697, described a large church under the cathedral that was ''given to the French protestants in the town for worshipping God". It held ''a vast number of people'' and was quite dark, but it was ''so well arched that they cannot hear them in the Cathedrall when singing, at least no wayes to disturb them.''

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