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The Nave

The nave is the oldest surviving part of the cathedral. Construction of screen in the 12th century by Bishop Peter de Leia and Giraldus de Barri (Giraldus Cambrensis Gerald the Welshman).Bishop Peter and Gerald were excused from the Third Crusade in order to complete the cathedral.




The nave is built in a Transitional Norman style. Originally it contained no seats but was used for lindoor processions. Each of the rounded arches is carved with a different pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inadequate foundations and the effects of a 13th century earthquake have caused the walls at the west end of the nave to lean outwards, hence the wooden ceiling rather than a stone vault.



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