Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters

Gloucester’s great Cloister is famous for its magnificent fan vaulting, which is believed to be the earliest example in England.

Originally built to house the monks, it provided space for them to live, work and meditate. In many abbeys, the cloisters were traditionally built on the south side, but at Gloucester, it unusually lies on the north.

Using the normal Benedictine layout, all of the domestic buildings would have originally branched off three of the cloister walks.

Begun in the late 14th century and finished by Abbot Froucester before 1412, it replaced an earlier Norman cloister.

The design itself incorporates a row of twenty carrels (niche like spaces), which would have originally houses desks for the monks to study. The Cloister also includes a lavatorium, (washing place) which would have made use of a local stream.

Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters

Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters

19 Comments CherryPie on Mar 4th 2016

19 Responses to “Gloucester Cathedral – Cloisters”

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Glorious Gloucester. : )

  2. Andrew says:

    There are many awesome things in that building, which I will visit again now that my lad lives in Cheltenham. Some of the more modern stained glass is great too, if I remember the right Cathedral (having also visted Worcester on the same trip)

  3. Mandy says:

    Wow, that ceiling and those stained windows are spectacular. Just beautiful.

  4. Lotta says:

    Wonderful architecture!

  5. Ayush says:

    i really like the features on the vaulted ceiling, CP. looks like a living thing almost, sinewy and with throbbing veins.

  6. james higham says:

    Great sport, fan vaulting. Did it for years.

  7. J_on_tour says:

    Classic image of the cloisters, nice.
    Funnily enough … heading that way later today and will pop in to the Cathedral at some point. Staying south of Evesham for a week.