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The eighteenth point of interest relating to Gloucester Cathedral in Harris’s “Guide To Churches & Cathedrals” reads, “On the North side of the nave (an unusual position) are the beautiful fan-vaulted cloisters, which were built from c.1360 onwards, commencing with the east cloister walk. These are the oldest fan-vaulted roofs in existence. Notice the 20 alcoves where monks sat to read and write and the places where they washed, with miniature fan vaulting above“. Batsford and Fry in their book “The Cathedrals of England” describe the cloisters as “the finest in England” and they refer to the alcoves as the Carrels or Study-Niches.