The Benedictines


Canterbury, Winchester and Durham were among those served by monastic communities and many of the great churchmen of the day, such as Lanfranc and Anselm, were monks.

St Benedict (and St Leonard) from the pulpit at Horsham St Faith, Norfolk. C15th


The new cathedral at Norwich was staffed by a community of Benedictine monks. Cathedrals in the care of religious communities were unique to England. This tradition had been inherited from the Anglo-Saxon Church. The bishop was the Abbot, but the Prior administered the cathedral and the monastic community.

The largest surviving monastic cloister in England.



At Norwich the bishop and his household lived north of the cathedral, while the monastic buildings lay to the south.


The Prior’s door, Norwich Cathedral