St Mary Abbot's Church

Central Tower, Durham Cathedral (restoration)

Sir George Gilbert Scott

1870-76

218 feet high

Scott was also responsible for the new quire and sanctuary floor, crossing screen, pulpit and brass lectern: "The screen was installed in 1876. This, and the nave pulpit of the same time, were greatly admired in their day but how well their sumptuous marble fits in this sandstone building has generated much debate since" — Sadgrove

"Durham Cathedral is amongst the greatest churches ever built. Planned and begun by Bishop Carileph (William of St. Calais, 1081-1096), most of the Cathedral was built in the Norman (Romanesque) style" — A Short Guide

Photograph and text Jacqueline Banerjee

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Other views

  • View from the River Wear
  • Cathedral and central tower