Built 1093-1133, Durham Cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England.

Towers from Northwest
View of the towers of Durham Cathedral from across the River Wear to the northwest. The twin west towers date from 1217-26; the central tower was rebuilt in 1465-90... Holly Hayes
Location map of Durham Cathedral, Durham, England. Click to enlarge.
Aerial view of Durham Cathedral, Durham, England. Click to enlarge.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249266
Listed Building ID
1161023 view listed building data
Article Title
Durham Cathedral
Coordinates
54.7736110° N, 1.5761110° W map · aerial
Grid Reference
NZ 27346 42123
Visitability
always open to the public
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Listed Building Description

Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE PALACE GREEN NZ 2742 SW (South side)

14/365 Cathedral Church of 6/5/52 Christ and St. Mary the Virgin

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Cathedral church, originally of Benedictine Priory, refounded 1541 as secular cathedral.

Main body 1093-1130, begun by Bishop William of St. Calais; Galilee 1189 for Bishop le Puiset. West tower tops, east bay and Chapel of 9 altars, 1242- c.1280. 1464-88 tower top stage. Restorations of late C18, early C19 and mid C19, notably by Bonomi and Jackson, Pickering and Robson and Fowler. Dressed sandstone; slate roofs. Cruciform with aisles, east transept aisles, transeptal eastern chapel, crossing tower, twin west towers and western Galilee. Galilee one storey with battlemented parapet and richly-moulded north entrance. Large, restored C14 and C15 windows. West towers have 4 lower stages aligned with those on nave: all have shafted round-arched openings (those on south side enriched), the ground stage a blank arcade, the clerestory set back under a corbel table... read more

Page Info

Place ID
249266
Title
Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
Added By
Holly Hayes
Date Added
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
May 6, 2022