Noah Official Post 5

Gloucester.

I was first drawn to the images of Gloucester when Dr. Lindgren talked about the perpendicular style in our discussion of cathedrals. I was amazed at the beauty of the architecture, and I knew that I needed to have that be my place to describe on the blog and while we are in England. A lot of things draw me to it. Its style is gorgeous with beautiful examples of each segment of the Romanesque period. It has some of the most interesting history, and it has some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world.

Founded in 678-9 AD, Gloucester has been in use since the Saxon period. [1] We don’t know much more about the time between it’s founding and the Norman invasion except that they adopted the Benedictine Rule sometime in the 11th century. [2] The abbey that is present today is the one built after the invasion in 1089. [3]

The Abbey

The Nave

The Abbey is Romanesque. [4] Notice the vaulted ceiling and the triforium above. This particular section is “the Nave vaulting of 1242 in the Early English style.”[5]

The building was adjusted many times and different parts were built in different styles. While there were almost always changes going on, the building was in constant use for centuries. It was associated with Henry III, who was crowned there, and was an influential place in the kingdom. [5]

Gloucester was always on the front of the religious issues of the time. It had been a monastery, but that was dissolved after the conversion to Protestantism. Many people were burned in front of the building and it was often caught up in politics. [6]

Gloucester is especially known for its stained glass.

Some glass is from the Tudor Reign. While much of the stained glass is modern, much of it is incredibly historical, such as the piece below.

Open 'Heraldic Glass'

The Great East Window, the figure that dominates the church when looking down the Nave, is as big as a tennis court and an example of the more glass and windows that are available under the perpendicular style. [7]

Image result for Gloucester great east window [8]

Modern glass has found a place in Gloucester as well. These modern and brilliant works are diverse and different in feel from those of the other examples, but the Cathedral has taken glass to be one of its most important parts, and embraces it.

The piece above was made for Ivor Gurney, a famous poet, and is only one example of brilliant art in the Cathedral. This piece is located in the north chantry chapel. [9]

The work below shows Gloucester countryside was was often expressed in Gurney’s work. This connection shows the Cathedrals emphasis on being a part of their own community for the ages. [10]

 

Gloucester is a gorgeous Cathedral. It has beautiful examples of work from the Norman invasion to the modern day. It was a part in multiple Kingdoms, lines of Kings, ceremonies, wars, civil disputes, and reformations. Its glass is some of the most beautiful glass exhibits in the world.

[1] http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/cathedral-history/

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/architecture/

[5] http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/cathedral-history/

[6] Ibid

[7] http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/architecture/stained-glass/

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wailes

[9]http://www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/history-heritage/architecture/stained-glass/the-twentieth-and-twentyfirst-century–6538.php [pic from same cite]

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