Two- and three-dimensional geometry in tierceron vaults: A case study of the cloister at Norwich Cathedral

N. Webb, J. Hillson, A. Buchanan

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The cloister at Norwich Cathedral has one of the most contested construction histories in English medieval architecture. Built in 1297–1430 under a succession of patrons and master masons, the cloister’s complex building sequence has invited a wide range of interpretations by architectural historians. However, these discussions have rarely taken account of the two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometry of the tierceron vaults above. A key exception to this is the work of Robert Willis (1800–75). This paper uses a variety of digital surveying and analytical methods to re-examine the concept of the middle plan and its potential as a tool for comparing forms and geometries in medieval vaulting. By considering the potential implications of the observations made for the building’s construction sequence, the paper represents a comprehensive re-evaluation of the middle plan as a method for architectural study, suggesting new directions for research both for the cloister and construction history more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistory of Construction Cultures Volume 2
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH 2021
EditorsJoão Mascarenhas-Mateus, Anna Paula Pires
PublisherCRC Press
Pages71-77
Number of pages7
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003173434
ISBN (Print)9781032002033
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Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2021

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    Hillson, J., Buchanan, A. & Webb, N., 9 Jul 2021, History of Construction Cultures Volume 2: Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Construction History (7ICCH 2021. Mascarenhas-Mateus, J. & Pires, A. P. (eds.). 1st ed. CRC Press, p. 32-38 7 p.

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