Notable dates in the history of Norwich Cathedral

Date Significance
1091 Herbert de Losinga appointed Bishop of Thetford
1094 Seat of bishopric moved from Thetford to Norwich
1096 Herbert de Losinga lays foundation stone of Cathedral and founds the Benedictine priory
1101 Dedication of the Cathedral
1119 Death of Herbert de Losinga; buried before High Altar
1121-45 Completion of Cathedral to west door by Bishop Eborard de Montgomery
1171 Nave damaged by fire
1194 Norwich granted city charter by Richard I
1245-57 Bishop Waloter de Suffield builds Lady Chapel
1272 Tombland riot: priory, cloisters and Cathedral severely damaged              
1278 Cathedral consecrated in presence of Edward I
1297 Rebuilding of cloisters commenced
1325 Ethelbert Gate completed
1362  Spire blown down in hurricane; damage to presbytery and clerestory 
1381  Bishop Henry Despenser defeats Peasants Revolt 
1420 Erpingham Gate erected 
1463 Spire struck by lightning; nave roof destroyed 
1472 Bishop Lyhart completes stone vault over nave (with bosses)
1480 Presbytery vault (with bosses) and spire built by Bishop Goldwell
1509 Transept roofs destroyed by fire; Bishop Nykke starts building of transept vaults 
1538 Dissolution of Benedictine priory; new foundation of Dean and Chapter 
1549 Kett's rebellion 
1578 Queen Elizabeth I visits Cathedral 
1643 Puritans pillage Cathedral; Civil War disturbances 
1650 Petition from Great Yarmouth to use lead and materials from Cathedral to build a workhouse and repair piers 
1830-90 Extensive restoration by Anthony Salvin and Sir A.W. Blomefield 
1847 Rediscovery of Despenser reredos 
1914 Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich formed, reducing size of Norwich diocese
1919  Edith Cavell buried at Life's Green 
1930 St Saviour’s Chapel built on site of medieval Lady Chapel (architect Sir Charles Nicholson). Formation of Friends of Norwich Cathedral 
1942 War damage to transept roofs
1952 Extensive restoration commenced
1958 Royal Norfolk Regimental Chapel dedicated (formerly St Saviour’s Chapel
1959 Ancient bishop’s throne restored
1964-5 Renovation of spire and tower
1966-70 Rebuilding of nave outer roof
1968 Bauchon Chapel restored as Chapel of Friends of Norwich Cathedral
1988 Restoration of St Catherine’s Chapel
1994-5 Renovation of tower and west window
1997 Restoration of Chapel of the Holy Innocents
2000 Installation of north transept windows by John Hayward (incorporating glass by Keith New) to commemorate millennium
2002 Installation of cloister garth labyrinth (designed by Jane Sunderland) to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee
2004 Completion of new Refectory and Library reading room
2009 Completion of Hostry
2010 Visit of Queen Elizabeth II to open formally the new buildings
2014 Installation of three new windows by John McLean in north nave aisle. Reservation of Blessed Sacrament transferred to St Andrew’s Chapel
2015 Installation of hanging chrismatory in St Luke’s Chapel