Norwich Cathedral

orwich Cathedral was begun in 1096. In 1094 under the Norman bishop Herbert de Losinga, the site for the cathedral was moved from its temporary location at Thetford after the Norman Conquest to Norwich. Building work began in 1096 on the east end of the church and the monastery which was the home for monks brought in from Canterbury. Bishop Losinga was also responsible for work at Hereford Cathedral. Losinga did not see the cathedral finished before he died in 1119. His successors continued the work on the incomplete nave and central tower. Fire in 1170 and a local riot in 1272 that resulted in destruction of the timber roof on both occasions did not damage the main stonework and the roof was replaced both times. In 1463 the central wooden spire was struck by lightening and caught fire. It was replaced in stone.
YearMonthEvent
1078   Bishops of East Anglia moved to Thetford
 The two bishoprics of East Anglia and Dunwich (Suffolk) were merged into one and moved to Thetford which was an important town at the time and was in a central location. 
1094   See of Norwich bought by Hebert de Losinga
 Herbert de Losinga purchased the see (seat of the bishop) for the area around Norwich. The bishops seat was at Thetford but Herbert moved it to Norwich itself before starting the construction of a new cathedral.[1] 
1096   Norwich Cathedral building begins
 Work starts on Norwich Cathedral. 
1121 - 1145 Norwich Cathedral nave and tower
 Work on the nave and central tower was begun in 1121 after the choir and transept. Work finished in 1145.[2] 
1170   Fire damages Norwich Cathedral
 Some repair work was carried out at the Cathedral after the fire in 1170 (or 1171).[1] 
1289 - 1303 Norwich Cathedral Chapter-house
 The Chapter-house at Norwich Cathedral was under construction between 1289 and 1303.[2] 
1297 - 1318 Norwich Cathedral cloisters
 Cloisters at Norwich Cathedral were built between 1297 and 1318.[2] 
1362 Jan  Hurricane damages spire at Norwich
 A fierce storm or hurricane hit Britain and the spire at Norwich Cathedral fell. The spire damaged the presbytery as came down..[3] 
1463   Norwich third spire destroyed
 Lightning once again hit the wooden and lead spire at Norwich Cathedral causing a fire that spread to the roof. After this disaster stone was used in the roof to provide vaulting and used in the new spire to replace the wood.[3] 
Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1509   Norwich Cathedral fire
 Repairs at Norwich Cathedral, because of a fire, resulted in the transept roofs being replaced by stone vaulting.[3] 

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