Monday, July 8, 2019

We Finally Get to Canterbury Cathedral

Okay, I've been leading up to this first post about the heraldry in Canterbury Cathedral for a while now, and we're finally at that point!

One of the most-often discussed heraldry at the Cathedral is on the ceilings of the Cloister. I'd read about these shields before, and seen a few photographs. None of that prepared me to how comparatively low the ceilings are in the Cloister, and thus how close the heraldry you are. (I mean, you can't just reach up and touch them, but I think I could get to them using my eight-foot stepladder from home.) Once overcoming my initial Wow!, I took photographs.

I am not going to even attempt to identify all of the arms in these photos. That has already been done, and probably far better than I would be able to, by Dr. Paul Fox, FSA. He has a whole page on his website, with links to identifications of the arms in the individual bays, at

So feel free to take a look at my photos here, but be sure to visit Dr. Fox's website for the identifications.

As always, you can click on each picture to see a larger, and thus more detailed, image.

Enjoy these views of the Cloister ceilings!

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