Founded in 1100 as a Norman abbey, Gloucester Cathedral boasts a huge medieval stained glass window, an elegant interior and one of the finest cloisters in the country. Here William I ordered the Domesday Book and scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed.

West Cloister Gallery
West walk of the 14th-century cloister at Gloucester Cathedral, looking north with a view of the fan vault. Holly Hayes
Location map of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England. Click to enlarge.

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Gloucester Cathedral
51.8675000° N, 2.2466670° W map · aerial
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SO 83121 18778
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Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.


SO8318NW CATHEDRAL PRECINCTS 844-1/8/42 Cathedral Church of the Holy and 23/01/52 Indivisible Trinity


Cathedral church. Formerly the conventual church of the Benedictine Abbey of St Peter on or near the site of a monastery founded by Osric c681. After the dissolution of the monastery the church refounded 1541 as a secular cathedral. Includes major portions of the Romanesque church built 1089-1100 for Abbot Serlo, the nave completed 1104-22, the timber roof of nave replaced by vault completed 1242; south aisle of nave rebuilt in Decorated style 1319-29; south transept remodelled with innovative use of Perpendicular details 1331-6; presbytery remodelled in developed Perpendicular style 1337-67, followed by the north transept 1368-73; the two west bays of nave and west front rebuilt and the south porch added c1420; central tower rebuilt c1450; Lady Chapel rebuilt late C15. Major repairs for Bishop Benson 1734-52; restorations by FW Waller 1847-63, Sir Gilbert Scott 1866-73, and FW Waller 1873-90, JL Pearson consultant for restoration of Lady Chapel 1896-7, C20 repairs... read more

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Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, England
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Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022