The Cathedral Church of Southwell; A Description of Its Fabric, and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

The Cathedral Church of Southwell; A Description of Its Fabric, and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...and eighty years of steady progress and evolution--and this seeming want of unity constitutes an artistic harmony. But, looking at the south-east front from the more distant point of view of the parks, it becomes evident that the restoration is not yet complete, and that the heightening of the nave roof has rendered the corresponding heightening of the choir roof urgent and indispensable. Clerestory Window In Nave Transept CHAPTER III THE INTERIOR PART I.--NORMAN The Nave.--" Internally the nave at Southwell is a grand " specimen of Norman architecture." Such is an authoritative criticism passed upon it; and the massiveness and solidity of the structure is immediately impressed upon the mind, while the thickness and shortness of the pillars and the width of the arches further convey the idea of lowness. And yet this general sternness, not to say gloom, is not what it was before the windows, and notably the west one, were enlarged. We have to imagine Norman windows throughout, and without glazing, in order to picture to ourselves the nave in the days of our rude forefathers. And as we look round upon the vast quantities of material required in the construction of the interior, we cannot but wonder at the toil and industry required to convey all these great blocks of limestone along the rough paths of Sherwood Forest, and place them in position. The dimensions already given have, of course, been those of the exterior; but owing to the thickness of the walls, and notably of the west front, a sensible diminution has to be made to arrive at the internal measurements. The length to the inside of the lower arch is 136 feet, and looking through the arch and across the transept to the rood screen 168 feet. The breadth is 63 feet, and, to give an idea of...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663438
  • 9781236663436