Cathedral Cities of England

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ANGLO-SAXON.--Anglo-Saxon may be briefly summed up as an inferior style of Romanesque, more especially the latter part, when it was considered necessary to build in imitation of the Roman way. In the early years of this period the advantages of stone, due to inconvenience of its carriage or lack of skill, were not widely known in England. For the most part the buildings were composed of wood with a thatched roof. Though it is true several buildings were also constructed of stone, and glass was used, yet it was only with advanced knowledge, introduced by Continental workmen, who came over in the seventh century, that architecture approached anything like a definite style.

It reached this stage just a few years before the Norman Conquest. The arches were usually plain, and always semi-circular. The columns were cylindrical, hexagonal, or octagonal, and thick in proportion to their height. The towers, as a rule, were square, and not very lofty. They were

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Illustrations viii
  • Introductory 3
  • Characteristics 11
  • Durham 37
  • Líchfíeld 58
  • Oxford 65
  • Peterborough 80
  • St. Albans - St. Albanus. ("Doomsday Book.") 91
  • Wells 102
  • Chíchester - ("Doomsday Book.") 129
  • Chester - Cestre. ("Doomsday Book.") 139
  • Rochester 162
  • Ely 183
  • Lincoln - Lincolia. ("Doomsday Book.") 235
  • Salísbury - Salisberie. ("Doomsday Book.") 270
  • Norwich - Norwic ("Doomsday Book.") 315
  • London St. Paul's. Si Quaeris Monumentum, Circumspice. 337
  • Dork - Eboracum. ("Doomsday Book.") 371
  • Winchester 397
  • Westminster 414
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