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Architecture of Canterbury Cathedral

Jonathan Foyle, Robert Greshoff (photographs), Heather Newton

ISBN: 978 1 85759 701 1
Size: 280 x 240mm / 9.5 x 11 in.
Binding: paperback
Pages: 208
Images: 200

UK £25.00 / US $39.95
(Available direct from Canterbury Cathedral)


  • Written by one of Britain's leading architectural communicators, well known for presenting TV series
  • First single volume work in 30 years on the architecture of Canterbury Cathedral
  • Illustrated using striking new photography and the author's own detailed drawings


As the seat of archbishops, Canterbury Cathedral has been one of Britain’s most important buildings for over 1400 years. However, the church as we know it evolved most spectacularly between the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries. Within its designs are references to a world we have forgotten: its relationship to Rome, mythology, hidden geometry and the display of saintly relics. Architectural historian and broadcaster Jonathan Foyle explains how Canterbury’s turbulent and brilliant past shaped the cathedral, leaving us today with an extraordinary composite work of architecture. The book features specially commissioned images by the architectural photographer Robert Greshoff as well as carefully selected archival illustrations, and includes a number of the author’s own drawings. An additional chapter by Heather Newton covers the cathedral’s modern conservation programme.

Other titles published by Scala for Canterbury Cathedral include: Canterbury Cathedral: Short Tour, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Red Dean, Saint Thomas Becket and Stained Glass of Canterbury Cathedral. 


Dr Jonathan Foyle is Chief Executive of World Monuments Fund Britain. After a full architectural training, and an MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute, he worked as a surveyor on Canterbury Cathedral and then became Curator of Historic Buildings at Historic Royal Palaces for eight years: the early history of Hampton Court was the subject of his PhD thesis in Archaeology. He is a frequent broadcaster on historic architecture, including the award-winning BBC series Climbing Great Buildings and Henry VIII: Patron and Plunderer, and writes for the Financial Times.

Heather Newton is Head of Masonry and Stone Conservation at Canterbury Cathedral. Robert Greshoff is a leading architectural photographer.


"…this is an authoritative and comprehensive work. It will reward any reader with an interest in cathedral architecture, church history, or British history in general."
Cathedral City Guide

"The knowledge that Jonathan gained then of the building in all its details shines through in the story that he tells, plentifully illustrated with crisp and informative photographs, of a cathedral whose heritage and antiquity has been an influence on the way the building has evolved."
Society of Antiquaries of London

"Foyle takes the reader through the cathedral's successive eras, and includes a chapter on the monuments."
church times