Hereford Cathedral Paintings

 

Hereford Cathedral Paintings by Janice Lyall, Myndblue Gallery

 

Hereford Cathedral paintings by conservation artist Janice Lyall. Prints and cards are available in the online store.

Hereford Cathedral South East Transept

Hereford Cathedral South East Transept

A sunny afternoon in January with the sun delicately falling on the soft pink sandstone gives out a pleasing, creamy effect. Acrylic painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Hereford Cathedral wrapped in cotton wool

Hereford Cathedral wrapped in cotton wool

A cloudy, winter day may mask the bright colours of the stones, but can give them a soft touch with the Impression that the clouds are snuggling around the cathedral. Acrylic painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Hereford Cathedral the North Face

Hereford Cathedral the North Face

The full height of the cathedral is more prominent from the North Face. What a feat of craftsmanship. Acrylic painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Hereford Cathedral through the Open Door

Hereford Cathedral through the Open Door

The anticipation about what may await beyond the open door mounts for first time visitors, as they progress through the arches. Acrylic painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Hereford Cathedral - Pink Sandstone

Hereford Cathedral - Pink Sandstone

'When I study the stone for a few minutes, colours begin to jump out of the stonework. I might have exaggerated them somewhat, but they are all there waiting to be discovered' Print of a pastel painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Hereford Cathedral at Night

Hereford Cathedral at Night

When the cathedral is lit up at night, the stones emit a very warm, rich glow. Look for the light and shadows as they depict new delights from the intricate masonry. Print of acrylic painting by conservation artist Janice Lyall

Brief History of Hereford Cathedral

 

 

Hereford Cathedral was founded in 676 and dedicated to martyred King Ethelbert.

 

The cathedral has been built and rebuilt in different ages with the nave having Norman pillars dating back to the 12th Century, whilst the side aisels and choir largely date back to the 14th Century. The Early English Lady Chapel with its ambulatory was constructed over the Crypt in the 13th Century.  The acute Gothic arches are similar to those of Westminster.

 

The cathedral is built in a Romanesque style  and has a central crossing tower with magestic pinnacles and adorned with ball flowers in the Decorated style.  The stone is a soft, pink sandstone and there is lots of purbeck marble used throughout.

 

Hereford Cathedral contains the largest chained library in the world with some of its books dating back to the 8th Century. The illuminated manuscripts are staggering in their beauty.

 

Also contained within the cathedral is the largest surviving medieval world map, the Mappa Mundi.

 

It costs around £4000 each day to keep the cathedral open to visitors.