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Statues on the North Transept of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral II

19th century

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Description

The north portal has four statues:

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  1. On the trumeau: female saint with a book. The base is circumscribed with a text, hardly readable on our photos, and we didn't take a detail: notas mihi fecisti vias vitæ... (Thou wilt show me the path of life).
  2. In the gable: Christ Majestas.
  3. To the left: St. Mary with Child (Wikipedia). Another statue of St. Mary is at the West Front, no. 9.
  4. To the right: S. CHAD.
    S. Ceadda, St. Chad (d. 672), abbot of several monasteries, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People; built a monastery in Lichfield, patron of Lichfield cathedral (bishop's mitre and staff) (Wikipedia). Another statue of St. Chad is at the West Front, no. 83, and Consistory Court.

Lichfield - Statues on the West Front of Lichfield Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral - 153 statues

The exterior of Lichfield cathedral is extremely rich with sculpted statues. Only the west front has 113 statues! On the rest of the exterior are 40 more statues. To make our web pages manageable, we firstly limited ourselves in photographing the large statues (the pointed archivolts of the entrance are decorated with many figures as well), and secondly, divided the description into seven parts of the cathedral:

  1. West Front - 113 statues.
  2. North Transept - 4 statues.
  3. Chapter House - 6 statues.
  4. Choir - 5 statues.
  5. Lady Chapel - 16 statues.
  6. Consistory Court - 2 statues.
  7. South Transept - 7 statues.
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Curiously, the exterior walls of the nave does not show any statues.
Only five of the statues and the 'Christ in Majesty' in the roof of the west doorway are medieval, all others are carved in the late 19th century by various Victorian sculptors.

The interior of the cathedral is even richer in statues, but on this website we usually do not include statues in the interior of churches.
Close to the cathedral is also the statue of Charles II.

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Locatie (N 52°41'8" - W 1°49'50")

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Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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