The building of the eastern Lady Chapel began in 1298 and was part of a rebuild of the eastern half of the original Norman church. The paintwork dates from 1935, but may well reflect the rich colour schemes of the original medieval building. The east window has been restored but contains a spectacular display of heraldry in fourteenth-century stained glass, including the arms of Lord Berkeley. The arms can also be seen on the reredos, along with the badges of the Clare family and the Royal Arms of England. Three medieval abbots are buried in the star shaped niches; Walter Newbury, William Hunt and John de Newland. Paul Bush, the first Bishop of Bristol, lies nearby, depicted as a corpse. The two candlesticks were given in 1712 in thanks for the safe return of the ships The Duke and The Duchess which had sailed from Bristol and voyaged around the world.
This Chapel is used for services, as well as small concerts and lectures.
- The Nave
The nave is the main body of the Cathedral, flowing from the Rose Window to the stone choir screen at the centre of the building.
- Elder Lady Chapel
Elder Lady Chapel
An exquisite medieval chapel used for prayer and contemplation.
- The Choir
The choir is the focal point of the medieval 'hall church', leading up to the high altar.
- South Transept
This space contains some wonderful stained glass and the Anglo-Saxon stonework marvel 'The Harrowing of Hell'.
- North Transept
The North Transept
- Nave Altar
This altar is the focus of worship on Sundays and great occasions, when the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, is celebrated.
- High Altar
The high altar is the focal point of Christian prayer and worship.
- Berkeley Chapel
This chapel was originally provided for prayer for the souls of the Berkeley family. Today it is used for Morning Prayer and lunchtime Eucharist services.
- Eastern Lady Chapel
Eastern Lady Chapel
The opulent Eastern Lady Chapel commemorates three of the monastery's Abbots and the first Bishop of Bristol.
- Chapter House
This stunning Chapter House is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in England.
- South Choir Aisle
South Choir Aisle
The south choir aisle contains the tombs of the Berkeley family and some specially commissioned pieces of modern art.