15 fabulous photos of a silent Norwich Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 17:09 05 June 2020 | UPDATED: 11:46 09 June 2020

The magnificent Norwich Cathedral nave, seen from near the copper font. Photo: Bill Smith

The magnificent Norwich Cathedral nave, seen from near the copper font. Photo: Bill Smith

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Photographer captures cathedral as you may never have seen it

The sun streaming though stained glass creates a spill of colour on the flagstones. Photo: Bill SmithThe sun streaming though stained glass creates a spill of colour on the flagstones. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich Cathedral’s towering spire is a landmark which has stood proudly over the city for centuries.

The cathedral’s foundation stone was laid in 1096 - just 30 years after the Battle of Hastings - and since then the building, along with the castle one of Norwich’s iconic shapes, has been witness to over 900 years of history as Norwich has evolved and grown to become the Fine City we know and love today.

The cathedral attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year who walk appreciatively around its cloisters and under its massive roof, which is decorated with over 1,000 stunning intricately carved roof bosses.

It isn’t all ancient history; the glorious copper font was created from chocolate mixing bowls saved from the old Rowntree Mackintosh sweet factory a few years ago.

Some of the stunning stained glass in Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill SmithSome of the stunning stained glass in Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill Smith

The cathedral has been largely silent during the corona crisis and early on photographer Bill Smith took his camera around and captured these beautiful images by day and by night.

Golden light and candlelight in Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill SmithGolden light and candlelight in Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich Cathedral, a peaceful place. Photo: Bill SmithNorwich Cathedral, a peaceful place. Photo: Bill Smith

The light creates a magical effect as the light appears to hover over the font. Photo: Bill SmithThe light creates a magical effect as the light appears to hover over the font. Photo: Bill Smith

Reflections in Norwich Cathedral's copper font, made from two chocolate mixing bowls from the Rowntree Mackintosh factory. Photo: Bill SmithReflections in Norwich Cathedral's copper font, made from two chocolate mixing bowls from the Rowntree Mackintosh factory. Photo: Bill Smith

An empty and silenrt Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill SmithAn empty and silenrt Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill Smith

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The soaring roof of Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill SmithThe soaring roof of Norwich Cathedral. Photo: Bill Smith

Cross and candles on the altar. Photo: Bill SmithCross and candles on the altar. Photo: Bill Smith

The stunning roof has over 1,000 carved bosses. Photo: Bill SmithThe stunning roof has over 1,000 carved bosses. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich Cathedral seen through the arch of the Erpingham gate. Photo: Bill SmithNorwich Cathedral seen through the arch of the Erpingham gate. Photo: Bill Smith

The floodlight cathedral spire pierces the night sky. Photo: Bill SmithThe floodlight cathedral spire pierces the night sky. Photo: Bill Smith

Norwich Cathedral; a sanctuary for centuries. Photo: Bill SmithNorwich Cathedral; a sanctuary for centuries. Photo: Bill Smith

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