Churches and Cathedrals in East Anglia

East Anglia has no less than six cathedrals. The spire of Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral dominates the city skyline. Founded in 1096 by Bishop Herbert de Losinga, the building was completed by 1145 using Normandy stone shipped from Caen. St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Suffolk is on the grounds of a Norman abbey built to house the remains of Edmund, King of the East Angles, who was martyred in 869. Several churches were constructed within the abbey precincts, with the nave of today’s church begun in 1503.

East Anglia has 162 of the 185 surviving round tower churches in England. There are various explanations for why round towers were built, but it is generally accepted they were constructed by the Saxons who had to use local materials, which in Norfolk and Suffolk meant knapped flint - which is difficult to make corners with!