(Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Chad)
Statues on the Consistory Court of Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral VI
The Consistory Court has two statues only:
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- GODEFROI DE BOUILLON - diex le voelt - Godfrey of Bouillon (Boulogne-sur-Mer c. 1060 - Jerusalem 1100), Duke of Lower Lorraine, one of the leaders of the First Crusade (Wikipedia)
- S. Ceadda, St. Chad (d. 672), abbot of several monasteries, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People; built a monastery in Lichfield, patron of Lichfield cathedral (bishop's mitre and staff) (Wikipedia). Other statues of St. Chad are at the West Front, no. 83, and North Transept.
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:
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.
Sources & Information
- Clifton, Arthur Benjamin. The Cathedral Church of Lichfield: A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See. (London, 1898). Internet Archive. (cons. 27 June 2014), pp. 50-51.
Location (N 52°41'7" - W 1°49'48")
Item Code: gbwm030; 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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