Photo Gallery: Norwich Cathedral’s cloister gets a new lighting system

The new lighting at the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters, enhancing the historic architecture. Picture: Denise Bradley The new lighting at the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters, enhancing the historic architecture. Picture: Denise Bradley

Monday, November 5, 2012
1:05 PM

Norwich Cathedral marked a new era last night as lights in the cloister were switched on for the first time.

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The new lighting at the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters, enhancing the historic architecture. Picture: Denise BradleyThe new lighting at the Norwich Cathedral Cloisters, enhancing the historic architecture. Picture: Denise Bradley

The newly-installed lighting system illuminated the picturesque area, which is the largest monastic cloister in England.

The lights now mean that more events can take place in the space during the winter months, and that late evening events can be hosted during the summer.

The Very Reverend Graham Smith, Dean of Norwich, said over the last three years the cathedral had been looking at ways to improve the lighting in the cloister because of the important link between itself, the Hostry and the refectory.

He added: “The lighting makes the cloister even more beautiful.

“We can use the cloister at night, particularly in the summer months for events, for example the Shakespeare Festival.

“People love the cloister very much, and like being there. It’s very special.”

A grant from the Friends of Norwich Cathedral helped to fund the lighting project at the Norman building, which is part of a larger light-up plan of the cathedral as a whole.

A new lighting system for the main part of the cathedral has been under discussion, with plans now under way to come up with a staged programme for the building as funds become available.

The dean said the main building would be divided in to zones as each area was set up to be lit.

Jon Holland, from the marketing team at the cathedral, said the lighting of the area will enhance the building.

He said: “We will be able to have more events in the evening and generally be able to provide a programme of community events throughout the year.”

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