The Consolidation of Norman Power


The conquest of England by William of Normandy drew the country closer to the Continent and its cultural and religious influences. Norman policy was to centre power on the principal commercial cities.

The Normans land in England, 1066


To this end cathedrals were re-located: Selsey gave place to Chichester, Dorchester to Lincoln, and Crediton to Exeter.


Bishop Herfast moved the East Anglian see from Elmham to Thetford.

Finally, Herbert de Losinga, a Benedictine bishop from Normandy, built his cathedral at Norwich in 1096 alongside the new Norman castle.

Apart from the Abbey at Bury St Edmunds, his cathedral was the greatest church in East Anglia.


The medieval city of Norwich dominated by Castle and Cathedral