St. Albans Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England
 
The Nave, St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, Great Britain
St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

Looking East along the Nave towards the main altar.

The rounded Norman arches and pillars can be seen on both sides and this is where the wall paintings, shown below, may be seen. One painting can be seen on the first pillar on the left in this view.

Notice that, whilst the pillars on the left are the original Norman pillars built from recycled Roman bricks, the pillars on the right are replacements in the Decorated style. The original pillars on the right (South) side collapsed during a storm in 1323.

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The Wallingford Screen, St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, Great Britain
St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

The Wallingford Screen in the Quire.

The original statues were deliberately destroyed during the Reformation and the ones depicted here are Victorian replacements but the result is just as impressive nonetheless.

The vaulted ceiling above this screen is shown below.

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The Quire Vaulted Ceiling, St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, Great Britain
St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

The decorated ceiling above the Wallingford Screen in the Quire.

This 13th Century timber vaulted ceiling was painted between 1420 and 1440.

Just beyond this part of the cathedral, behind the Wallingford Screen is the shrine of St. Alban.

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13th Century Wall Paintings, St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, Great Britain
St. Albans Cathedral, St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

One of the 13th Century wall paintings.

These wall paintings on the nave columns were hidden for hundreds of years under many layers of whitewash originally applied by the Puritans.

They were rediscovered in 1877 when the abbey church was re-designated as a cathedral and the whitewash was cleaned off.

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