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Statues on the Chapter House of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral III

19th century

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Description

At the top of the eight buttresses are small niches, of wich six contain statues of Anglican clerics of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries: From west to east:

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  1. HERBERT. - George Herbert, (Montgomery, Wales 1593 - Bemerton, Wiltshire, 1633), Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest (Wikipedia).
  2. HOOKER. - Richard Hooker (Heavitree, Exeter, 1554 - Bishopsbourne, Kent 1600), English Anglican priest and an influential theologian (Wikipedia).
  3. KENN. - Thomas Ken (Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, 1637 - Longleat, Wiltshire, 1711), English cleric who was considered the most eminent of the English non-juring bishops, and one of the fathers of modern English hymnology (Wikipedia).
  4. OVERALL. - John Overall (Hadleigh, Suffolk 1559 - Norwich 1619), bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, 1614-1618 (Wikipedia).
  5. LAUD. - William Laud (1573-1645), English churchman and academic, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1633 (Wikipedia).
  6. ANDREWS. - Lancelot Andrewes (London 1555 - London 1626), English clergyman and scholar, Bishop of Chichester, Ely and Winchester (Wikipedia).

Lichfield - Statues on the West Front of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral - 153 statues

The exterior of Lichfield cathedral is extremely rich with sculpted statues. Only the west front has 113 statues! On the rest of the exterior are 40 more statues. To make our web pages manageable, we firstly limited ourselves in photographing the large statues (the pointed archivolts of the entrance are decorated with many figures as well), and secondly, divided the description into seven parts of the cathedral:

  1. West Front - 113 statues.
  2. North Transept - 4 statues.
  3. Chapter House - 6 statues.
  4. Choir - 5 statues.
  5. Lady Chapel - 16 statues.
  6. Consistory Court - 2 statues.
  7. South Transept - 7 statues.
Lichfield - Statues Lichfield Cathedral
Curiously, the exterior walls of the nave does not show any statues.
Only five of the statues and the 'Christ in Majesty' in the roof of the west doorway are medieval, all others are carved in the late 19th century by various Victorian sculptors.

The interior of the cathedral is even richer in statues, but on this website we usually do not include statues in the interior of churches.
Close to the cathedral is also the statue of Charles II.

Tags

  • Andrewes, Lancelot
  • Bishop
  • Clergyman
  • Herbert, George
  • Hooker, Richard
  • Ken, Thomas
  • Laud, William
  • Overall, John
  • Theologian
  • Writer / poet
  • Location (N 52°41'8" - W 1°49'48")

    Item Code: gbwm027; Photograph: 7 June 2014
    Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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    © Website and photos: René & Peter van der Krogt