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Did you know about Norwich Cathedral’s turbulent history?

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 December 2017

Procession at the memorial service in Norwich Cathedral for the former Bishop if Norwich, the Rt Rev Launcelot Fleming, November 1990. Picture: Archant library

Procession at the memorial service in Norwich Cathedral for the former Bishop if Norwich, the Rt Rev Launcelot Fleming, November 1990. Picture: Archant library

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Norwich Cathedral is one of the city’s most famous landmarks and was the largest building in East Anglia when it was completed 
in 1145.

The Glenkiln Cross, by sculptor Henry Moore, in position yesterday at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Archant libraryThe Glenkiln Cross, by sculptor Henry Moore, in position yesterday at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Archant library

Herbert de Losinga designed the building and construction began in 1096 after two churches were demolished to make space for 
the cathedral.

The cathedral has been 
tested down the centuries, withstanding gales, fires, riots and wars. Just 23 years after the build’s completion, the spire was struck by lightning and fire ravaged the chapel of St Saviour at the eastern end.

Lightning struck twice in 1271 and in the following year the Norwich Riots resulted in the destruction of timber furnishings throughout the building. The cathedral’s history of cyclic damage and repairs continued down the centuries, with the spire even blowing down in 1362.

Today, Norwich Cathedral boasts the country’s second tallest spire and second largest cloisters, bettered only by Salisbury Cathedral.

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