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.

Author: norfolkpilgrim

Retired CofE clergyperson. Thinking globally acting locally. Here we have no abiding city.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: