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St Edmundsbury Cathedral ceiling open to public

Vaulted ceiling at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Visitors described the ceiling as "breathtaking"

A recently installed fan-vaulted ceiling at a cathedral in Suffolk is open for the public for the first time.

The oak gilded structure at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds is painted in blue, green and red.

Plans for the vaulted ceiling were first drawn up 11 years ago. Work started in September last year and finished in January.

Members of the public can view the ceiling until 3 May.

After that date work on the cathedral's organ will begin.

The ceiling weighs about six tonnes and was hoisted in large, rib-structure components.

When in its final position under the tower roof, craftsmen climbed on to scaffolding to fix moulded frames and panels into the rib structure to make the finishing touches.

Once in place it was mounted with the 42 heraldic coats of arms of the Dioceses of the Church of England.

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