Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets. Gloucester Cathedral’s Great Cloister is the birthplace of fan vaulting – in which the structure of the ceiling is made of intricately carved ribs resembling a fan. These cloisters are magnificent – although many younger visitors come her to seek trolls rather than architecture. The cloisters were started in 1351 and not fully completed until 1412. There are over 35 English buildings surviving today with these beautiful fan vaults with some great examples in King’s College, Cambridge, Bath Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Christ Church, Oxford. For centuries the cathedral reaped the benefits of pilgrims visiting the tomb of King Edward II, but a new type of pilgrim has been added to the guest list. These pilgrims are Harry Potter fans.who come to see the famous vaulted cloisters. The first,
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