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360° views: Norwich Cathedral tower

Have you ever wondered what Norwich looks like from 110ft up the cathedral tower? Grab the panoramic image below to view from every angle.

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The tower, also known as the lantern, is 110ft (34 metres) high and the highest freestanding Norman construction in the country.

Soaring above it is the medieval cathedral spire, which climbs to 315ft (96 metres) making it the second highest spire in England.

Norwich Cathedral has had four spires.

The cathedralís original spire was wooden, but was burnt down by townsmen during the infamous three-day riots of 1272.

Re-built in wood, it was then blown down by a great hurricane in 1362. The third wooden spire, was struck by lightning in 1463.

The present spire was constructed in 1480. Its stone is strengthened by lime mortar, a medieval alternative to cement which gives the construction a superb elasticity, useful in heavy winds. It is also adorned with several lightning conductors.

Stretching out below you can see the lead nave roof, inside of which are the cathedralís greatest treasures - its roof bosses.

Around the cathedral you can enjoy a fine view of Norwich. It is easy to see just how many churches there still are in the medieval city centre.

Text by Andrew McFadyen.

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