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Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Artist: Grimm, Samuel Hieronymus

Medium: Ink on paper

Date: 1788

Shelfmark: Additional MS 15540

Item number: f.124

Length: 186

Width: 272

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Manuscript

In 1140 Robert Fitzharding founded the Abbey of St Augustine and the church attatched to it was given cathedral status by Henry VIII in 1542. Little remains of the original fabric of the building, though the Chapterhouse still exists as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture to be found anywhere. In 1298 Albert Knowle began to rebuild the Norman church. This continued for several centuries and his style was reproduced throughout Europe.

Bristol Cathedral is the only cathedral of its kind in England and is known as a Hall Church, where the whole of the roof is the same height.

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