A Closer Look at the Cathedral Beasts

Norwich Cathedral North Transept

The three beasts above the Bishop’s Entrance together with the triangular headed arches and plain unadorned Romanesque doorway beneath have a distinct Anglo Saxon feel to them. As does the image of St.Felix that was fixed above the door on the outside . Are they wyms or dragons? At first sight the beast’s heads look quite benign. A closer look tells a different story.

The central beast looks almost perky!
Grendel’s Dam? That’s a little face looking out of the mouth!
The dragon?
If so, this this fellow will be Grendel.

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