The cathedral itself is currently closed, but the precincts and the cloisters are open. There was hardly anyone else around. I sat for a long time, within the stone, alone. It was fantastic.
It will take many visits and a great deal of study to properly work out the political, social and architectural history. Today was a good start.
The early Norman is much rougher, flint rubble (the above is a chapel within the town walls). A great transformation takes place through Early English, Decorative and Perpendicular gothic styles- all in the space of around 200 years.
Consider the huge and rapid advance in skills and techniques, the ability to build great masses of stone with such finery and delicacy.
Odd to think that some argue ‘nothing happens in the Middle Ages’.