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Story of Susannah (French, 16th Century) | by Simon_K
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Story of Susannah (French, 16th Century)

St Edmundsbury Cathedral of St James, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk


The former parish church of St James, declared the cathedral of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich in 1912. It was massively extended in the years after the Second World War by the architect Stephen Dykes Bower who made it his life's work, and ultimately poured more than four million pounds of his own money into it.


Dykes Bower is sometimes criticised for being one of the last unreconstructed Gothicists, but increasingly his genius for playing with light and space is being recognised. His buildings make use of the massing of internal space to create a sense of size, and then breaking these spaces down into intimate rooms entirely fitting for Anglican worship.

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Taken on August 12, 2015