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Whilst medieval cathedrals took centuries

Over the next years it developed in England, sometimes in parallel with and influenced by Continental forms, but generally with great local diversity and originality. The font is usually made of stone and is usually the oldest fitting in the cathedral, many of them being Norman.

There is also, usually in the nave, a raised pulpit from which the dean or other clergy can expound the scriptures. Whilst medieval cathedrals took centuries, the new Coventry Cathedral took just six years to build. This screen traditionally separated the quire from the nave and the clergy from the laity, who were expected to worship at parish churches, rather than at the cathedral. Winchester Cathedral boasts some of the finest medieval wood carving in Britain, if not Europe.

With two exceptions, the naves and eastern arms of the cathedrals have single lower aisles on either side with a clerestory that illuminates the central space. Liverpool is home to many faiths but the Catholic and Protestant faiths have traditionally dominated the city. These high towers are supported by piers or pillars.

This means that the layout of cathedrals usually forms the shape of a cross. Top Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral is one of twenty cathedrals that were built after the Battle of Hastings in when William the Conqueror seized control of England and Wales. That part of the main interior which is furthest to the east and reserved for the prayers of the clergy is the presbytery. Within the cathedral is a special gallery where the choristers sang hymns to the people gathered outside.

The clergy traditionally prayed here and an elaborately carved screen was often built to separate them from the general public in the nave. Former and intended cathedrals are listed separately. The current building was probably begun around the time of the see's removal. Now only traces remain of the vibrant colours that were often whitewashed out of existence.

The Vikings burnt it down in and it was rebuilt in the Gothic style. Since the Reformation, the nave is that part of the building which is usually open to and most used by the congregation and general public. These were then placed in the shrine in the hope of a miracle cure. All the medieval buildings that are now cathedrals of England were Roman Catholic in origin, as they predate the Reformation.

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It relates their history to the history of England and shows how they adapted to change and weathered disasters to survive as great repositories of our national history. At Salisbury Cathedral, it is possible to see that the piers have been slightly bent out of shape by the weight of the tower. Cathedrals were elaborate and brightly coloured before much of the interior decoration and original medieval art was destroyed during the Reformation and the Civil War. Medieval paintings almost disappeared. The West Front is flanked by two towers.

Some buildings left incomplete were completed at this time and the greater part of existent church furniture, fittings and stained glass dates from this period. However this was, in turn, destroyed a few decades later when a major earthquake destroyed much of the building.