Cathedral Door - Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Ethelbert - Hereford, Herefordshire
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N 52° 03.272 W 002° 42.980
30U E 519449 N 5767141
Quick Description: The north door entrance to the Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Ethelbert, Hereford.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/4/2018 11:55:25 AM
Waymark Code: WMZMWX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
"The Cathedral Church of St. Mary and St. Ethelbert and subsidiary buildings stand on the S. side of the city. The cathedral is built almost entirely of the local sandstone (Old Red Sandstone) mainly of a reddish colour but with lighter coloured beds. Some of the carved work in the presbytery was apparently executed in Ketton or some kindred stone. The monolithic shafting in the N. transept is in Purbeck marble and the modern shafts are in slate. The roofs are covered with lead."

SOURCE - (visit link)

"The North Porch is a piece of two dates and equally good in quality of both. The outer part is by Bishop Booth and dated 1519 on a little archway on its east side. It is open in large arches to N, E and W. The N entrance has traceried spandrels and is flanked by hexagonal stair-turrets each with a glazed bay at the top, as entries to the upper chamber. Large three-light upper window. Low-pitched gable. The vault inside has diagonal ribs, ridge ribs and one set of liernes, making the square space into four squares. Square centre cusped. Lozenge bosses at the four main intersections. The inner part of the porch is earlier - of the time of the aisles, as entrance to the pilgrim route. It is two-storeyed, the top storey lit by no more than three small lancets. Below is an elongated quadripartite vault with ridge ribs and a leaf boss, no longer stiff-leaf, though the ribs stand on corbels still with stiff-leaf. The (former) outer doorway has a glorious surround with three orders of shafts and three orders of little figures and foliage in the arch. The system behind all the little figtues will never be found, as there can be none. The middle order may be a Tree of Jesse, but why should, on the outer order, a bagpiper be followed first by a mermaid and then by a symbolic figure of the Synagogue? The inner doorway has five bold large cusps with openwork spandrels."

SOURCE and further reading - The Cathedrals of England: Midland, Eastern And Northern England
Nikolaus Pevsner; P. Metcalf (ISBN 0670801259)
Type of material of the door: Wood

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On public property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Gothic

Address or physical location:
Hereford Cathedral 5 College Cloisters Cathedral Close Hereford HR1 2NG


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