Reconstruction of the appearance of the Norman cathedral

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Reconstruction of the appearance of the Norman cathedral

This view was prepared in the museum in the early 1980s. Of Exeter’s Norman Cathedral the transceptal towers still stand and the form of their spires can be reconstructed with confidence from the scars cut into the masonry of their turrets. Although the ground plan of the body of the church nave is firmly established, its character and height are very uncertain. This reconstruction shows the sort of appearance it may have had. The church may have been finished only as late as c.1200, so this view imagines an Early English arrangement of windows within the West Front, but this is guesswork.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum