The English monastery was replaced by a Benedictine foundation after the Norman conquest, and a monastery remained on the site until the Dissolution in the mid-sixteenth century.
The heart of the medieval monastery was the cloister, which adjoins the south side of the cathedral. The present cloister dates from the fifteenth century, although the layout dates back to the building of the Norman cathedral.
View of the cloister courtyard.
Looking along one of the cloister ranges. Originally the windows would have been glazed. The cloister would have been used for study and probably also as a scriptorium for manuscript copying.
The ceiling of the cloister has a wealth of intricately carved wooden bosses at each of the junctions…
…including this rather splendid Green Man