Norwich cathedral has installed a giant helter skelter to pull in visitors

A cathedral has installed a 55ft-tall helter skelter in its nave so that visitors can enjoy a better view of its ornate roof.

The Rev Canon Andy Bryant, of Norwich Cathedral, said the idea came to him when he was visiting the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

He said: “I had the slightly risky thought of ‘I know this is amazing, but actually the ceiling at Norwich Cathedral is every bit as wonderful’.”

The Rev Bryant added: “We have one of the greatest collections of medieval roof bosses anywhere in northern Europe. The trouble is they are so high up that most people never get a chance to really appreciate them.

“And so was born the idea, could we get people up higher to these roof bosses and so appreciate that they are exquisite art as they are the most beautiful pieces of stone carving but also the story that’s captured within them which is the story of the Bible.”

The funfair ride has a viewing platform at 40ft, giving people a closer look at the cathedral’s 69ft-high roof.

Roof bosses are found at the points where the ribs of the cathedral roof join. Norwich Cathedral’s date back to the mid-15th century when a new roof was built after a fire.

Via: The Guardian