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Heritage

An enduring legacy

Green ManHome to some of the finest examples of English architectural styles, stained glass and sculpture, Gloucester Cathedral has many magnificent treasures to share with all those who visit

Steeped in rich history, the dynamic stories of the Cathedral’s past are told throughout the building. With centuries of craftsmanship on display, from the monumental Nave pillars to the intricate green men carvings, there are many hidden gems for you to uncover on your journey around the Cathedral.

From the foundations that were laid in 1089 by Abbot Serlo, to the 15th century Lady Chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the building will take you on a unique tour of English architecture.

The Cathedral also played a significant role in Medieval court culture as it featured in the lives of Henry III and Edward II and still bears the scars of the Reformation and the Civil War. For further information, see our timeline.

There is also a magnificent collection of stained glass, including the Great East Window which was installed in the early 1350’s and is as large as a tennis court! Other works include the stunning Christopher Whall windows which are arguably the most signifcant collection of Arts & Crafts stained glass in the world and more recently, the work of Thomas Denny.

With the conservation of this national heritage site a constant concern, it is important that we restore and look after the building for future generations. If you would like to find out how you can help, please contact the Development Team:

Tel: 01452 508218
Email: development@gloucestercathedral.org.uk