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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Durham A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Espiscopal See   By:

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[Illustration: Durham Cathedral, from the South West.]

THE CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF DURHAM

A DESCRIPTION OF ITS FABRIC AND A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EPISCOPAL SEE

BY J.E. BYGATE, A.R.C.A.

[Illustration: Arms of the See.]

WITH FORTY FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON GEORGE BELL & SONS 1905

First Published ... March 1899 Second Edition, Revised ... September 1900 Reprinted ... 1905

The Riverside Press Limited, Edinburgh

GENERAL PREFACE

This series of monographs has been planned to supply visitors to the great English Cathedrals with accurate and well illustrated guide books at a popular price. The aim of each writer has been to produce a work compiled with sufficient knowledge and scholarship to be of value to the student of Archæology and History, and yet not too technical in language for the use of an ordinary visitor or tourist.

To specify all the authorities which have been made use of in each case would be difficult and tedious in this place. But amongst the general sources of information which have been almost invariably found useful are: (1) the great county histories, the value of which, especially in questions of genealogy and local records, is generally recognised; (2) the numerous papers by experts which appear from time to time in the Transactions of the Antiquarian and Archæological Societies; (3) the important documents made accessible in the series issued by the Master of the Rolls; (4) the well known works of Britton and Willis on the English Cathedrals; and (5) the very excellent series of Handbooks to the Cathedrals originated by the late Mr John Murray; to which the reader may in most cases be referred for fuller detail, especially in reference to the histories of the respective sees.

AUTHOR'S PREFACE

As much as possible of this brief description of Durham is from the personal acquaintance of the writer with the building. Yet many authorities have, of necessity, been consulted in its preparation, notably a pamphlet by the Rev. Canon W. Greenwell, and the "County of Durham," by J.R. Boyle, F.S.A. Thanks are also due to the authorities of the Cathedral for having freely given permission to make drawings and measurements, and to the late Mr Weatherall, chief verger, for his kindly assistance and information.

The illustrations are chiefly from sketches and drawings by the writer, and from photographs reproduced by the kindness of the Photochrom Company, Ltd., and Messrs S.B. Bolas & Co.

J.E.B.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. The Building of the Church 3

CHAPTER II. Description of the Exterior 21 The Towers 21 The East Front 22 The West Front 25 The North Door 25 The South Door 26 The West Door 28 The Cloister 29 The Chapter House 32 The Dun Cow 35

CHAPTER III. Description of the Interior 39 The Nave 39 The Choir 40 The Neville Screen 43 The Transepts 50 The Tower 53 The East End 54 The Chapel of the Nine Altars 61 The Tomb of S... Continue reading book >>




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