Our Cathedral’s story in stone, glass and thread

Throughout 2019 the crypt of Rochester Cathedral is hosting an exhibition of some of the finest sculptural fragments gathered from around the building over the last 200 years. The 50 stones in the exhibition are just 10% of the loose fragments in the cathedral’s collections. Another 400 fragments have been identified reused within the later fabric of the building. The origin of today’s collection can be traced back to the time when the decision was made to stop reusing these fragments within the fabric and to start studying them for what they could tell us about the medieval building. This is a brief history of these seldom-seem archaeological artefacts. 

Figure 1. A Romanesque relief removed during restoration work on the Great West Window in 1820.

Figure 1. A Romanesque relief removed during restoration work on the Great West Window in 1820.