Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]

A Description of Its Fabric and A Brief History of the Espicopal See

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Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,121 / 116 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.1
LoC Categories: BL, D
Downloads: 419
Added to site: 2008.06.05
mnybks.net#: 21131
Genre: History
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>Three years after the dedication in 1242 alterations in the triforium of the nave were made, and the stone vaulting was done by the monks themselves. It was a very laudable object, but they effectually spoiled the nave. The same year saw the beginning of the rebuilding of the south-west tower, and it was finished before 1246. If this was the tower that collapsed in 1170, the monks would seem to have somewhat neglected their duty to the fabric. The Norman refectory or "frater" was demolished in 1246, and the new one begun. This building stood to the north of the cloisters, and was pulled down at the Dissolution. Of the Early English infirmary or "farmery" traces remain near the Bishop's Palace.

In this place we may refer incidentally to Gloucester Hall, Oxford, which college was founded in 1283 as a residence for thirteen monks, to be chosen out of the brotherhood at Gloucester, and sent to study at Oxford. The hall was empowered later on to receive students from other Benedictine foundations, and the

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