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According to “Harris’s Guide to Churches & Cathedrals“, “The West front was built 1075 – 92 by Bishop Remigius and has been partially covered by a later Gothic screen”. Lincoln Cathedral’s website informs me that Bishop Remigius was a Benedictine monk and the first Norman Bishop of Lincoln, the largest Diocese in Medieval England.
This is a surprisingly interesting paper bag (honestly). The illuminated manuscript letter W in the centre takes its inspiration from The Winchester Bible, “the largest and perhaps finest of all surviving 12th-century English bibles“. I believe the two figures entwined within the letter depict God addressing Jeremiah and giving him the gift of prophecy:
“Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth“. Jeremiah 1:9.
In the original the two figures are much closer together, with God actually touching the lips of Jeremiah inside an illuminated letter, which you can see if you follow the link above.
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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.