Norwich Cathedral is an amazing piece of architecture which has gradually developed over the last 900 years incorporating some later Gothic embellishments and changes into the original Romanesque (Norman) church.
The extraordinary thing is that the majority of the original building is still intact. In addition a number of the other Priory buildings have also survived and been adapted for other uses, many still in use in the Close. They survived mainly because at the beginning of Henry VIII’s initiative to dissolve the Monasteries, the last Prior agreed a deal whereby he surrendered the Priory but it was immediately refounded as a secular Cathedral with himself as the first Dean.
The architectural fabric of the building is architecturally and historically complex, and because it is so old and has been exposed to the weather for so long different parts have different levels of wear and decay.
At Devlin Plummer Stained Glass we manage a programe of ongoing window conservation work of the stained glass windows within the Cathedral.