The Cathedral Builders


Art History


Day course

Philip Wilkinson

18 July 2022


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This course looks at England’s great medieval cathedrals, such as Durham, Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, and Gloucester.

As well as looking at their often breathtaking architecture, it explores how craftsmen with relatively basic tools could construct structures such as Salisbury’s towering steeple, the amazing octagonal lantern of Ely, and Gloucester’s dazzling vaulting. The achievements of the artists who adorned these buildings, from the glaziers who produced York’s glowing stained-glass to the carvers of Exeter and Wells, are also covered.


Tutor information

Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history. He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2 series Restoration and Restoration Village and is the author of The English Buildings Book (publisher English Heritage), Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus), Phantom Architecture (Simon & Schuster) and Irreplaceable (Historic England). He explores buildings ceaselessly, recording discoveries on his blog ( and gives talks on architectural subjects.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.