Norwich Cathedral: Cloisters

The Norwich Cathedral is the most complete Norman Cathedral in England. The construction of the Norman style cathedral began in 1069 under Herbert de Losinga. It was dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, and it was established as the cathedral church for the Church of England Diocese of Norwich. The Norwich Cathedral houses the largest cloister in England. A cloister is a covered walk in a cathedral, typically with a wall on one side and a colonnade open to a quadrangle on the other,The cloisters are considered to be the biggest of their kind in England. In 1272, the Cathedral, priory, and cloisters were severely damaged after the Tombland riots which resulted in the rebuilding of the cloisters in 1297. The period of the cloister reconstruction went by very slowly and sporadically. The inactivity was mainly due to the arrival of the Black Plague in 1349 which has affected a quarter of the city’s population. Interestingly, the cloisters contain illustrations of the Bible stories that were placed during the rebuilding.