Cathedral Treasures of England and Wales

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SHORTLISTED for ‘Best Monograph’ in the Architectural Book Awards 2024.

The cathedrals of England and Wales are remarkable buildings. From the centuries leading up to the Norman Conquest to the tumults of the Reformation to the devastating wars of the twentieth century, they carry traces of our nations’ darkest moments and most brilliant endeavours.

This beautifully illustrated new volume tells the stories behind 50 remarkable artefacts – one for each cathedral – that have been preserved by the cathedrals of the Church of England and the Church in Wales.

Featuring the Magna Carta of Salisbury Cathedral as well as the oldest book of English literature in the world, an Anglo-Saxon portable sundial, and Pre-Raphaelite glass, painting and embroidery, these local and national treasures are a vital part of our heritage, testifying to the powerful and enduring links between cathedrals and the wider communities of which they are part.

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Canon Janet Gough OBE, author, lecturer and advisor on historic churches and cathedrals, was formerly Secretary of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England. She is the author of several Scala titles including Director’s Choice: Churches of the Church of England and Director’s Choice: Cathedrals of the Church of England.