The purpose of this book is to convey and share the excitement and sense of being somewhere special that I experience on entering one of the great English Medieval Cathedrals. In my opinion they are one of the greatest achievements of English architecture and one of my great passions as a photographer.
The cathedrals that I’m focused on are those that were built (and re-built) between the Norman Conquest in 1066 through to the Dissolution of the monasteries and the Reformation by Henry VIII in 1538-42. Originally they were founded either as secular cathedrals or as an abbey church to a monastery: several of the abbey churches were given cathedral status at the time of the Dissolution (as Henry VIII seized their property) and a second set were elevated to cathedrals in the 19th century as part of a broader reorganization of the Church.
Because of their chequered history of building and rebuilding, they exhibit a wide variety of architectural styles, evolution and implementation – both within one building as well as between them. It’s these elements that I’m attempting to capture in my photographs -- structures that signal strength and purpose, beauty and majesty, elegance and grace, exuberance and awe, intimacy and reflection -– demonstrating such a magnificent variety of form for common functions. When entering, one cannot but be immersed in the architectural grandeur, the drama of the space and structure, interactions between form and function at a human level, and a sense of the faith and divine purpose for which they were created.
Specifically included in this volume are photographs from the cathedrals at: Canterbury, Chester, Chichester, Ely, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Lichfield, Lincoln, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Rochester, Salisbury, Southwell, St Albans, Wells, Winchester, Worcester and York -- there are 232 photographs in total.