National Geographic : 1939 Dec
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph from Aerofilms, Ltd. RIOT, FIRE, AND PURITAN ZEAL FAILED TO DIM THE GLORY OF NORWICH More than 600 years ago, prior and citizens quarreled over tolls on roads. In a general melee part of the edifice was destroyed. Before the time of Cromwell, four damaging fires had occurred. The Puritans demolished windows, defaced monuments and stonework, destroyed the organ, and burned vestments and books. After each misfortune, the cathedral was repaired and restored (Plate XV). In the shadow of the lofty spire rests the body of Edith Cavell, World War nurse charged with espionage and executed by the Germans in Belgium in 1915. stone showing more clearly, with jackdaws wheeling round its towers. The jackdaw seems to be part of the atmosphere of a cathedral. For centuries these delightful birds have held almost a monopoly of nesting places. Without them one would feel something lacking; their cheerful chatter adds to the scene. And now appear the red roofs of houses tucked up close to the cathedral, almost seeming to seek shelter beneath the great building that towers above them. If one's approach happens to be on a still Sunday morning, the pealing of bells is heard far away, suggesting an atmos- phere of peace it is difficult to describe. Whatever may happen to posterity in its unceasing struggle, I believe that these monuments of man's faith will still stand, and the people of the dim future will look at these masterpieces in stone and mar vel at the hands that fashioned them. Members may obtain sets of enlarged repro ductions of these 16 engravings of English Cathe drals, by Norman Wilkinson, from the National Geographic Society, Washington, D. C., at $2.00 the set in the United States and Possessions (else where, $2.25) postpaid. Printed in gravure on paneled art paper, 11 by 14 inches, the reproduc tions are ideal for framing. They are available only in complete sets.