My Favourite View

PUBLISHED: 10:30 04 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:49 20 February 2013

My Favourite View

My Favourite View

Henry Cator, High Sheriff of Norwich, shares an inspiring view

My favourite view

Henry Cator, High Sheriff of Norfolk, is passionate about Norwich Cathedral and for a decade led its Inspiration for the Future appeal.

Today he is a lay canon of the Cathedral. Henry is a farmer and rural land expert, keeps a herd of rare white cattle at his Salhouse farm, and has been chairman and president of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

Norwich Cathedral spire from the cloisters.

I have spent a large proportion of my adult life in and around our Cathedral.

It was an honour and a privilege to lead the team that raised 12.3m to build the new Refectory and Hostry buildings so beautifully designed by Sir Michael Hopkins. Looking at this view I wonder whether the stone masons who unloaded the first barges filled with stone from Caen in Normandy in 1097 had any clue of what a huge part their creation would have on the lives and families of those who have worshiped within its walls every day of every year ever since?

The Cathedral remains as awesome now as the day it was finished. How appropriate that after 900 years the people of our generation should have marked the Millennium with the largest building project beside its walls in its entire history.

Norwich Cathedral remains an inspiration for the future. It still holds true to it Benedictine founders belief in welcome, worship and education. Not many symbols can stand the test of time and maintain their importance. How lucky is Norwich and Norfolk.

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