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The first of the Gothic styles of architecture in England, it succeeded the Romanesque or Norman and was in general use from the end of the 12th to the end of the 13th centuries. Although the Gothic style, with its use of the pointed arch, originated in France, it soon acquired distinct English features after crossing the Channel, most notably in the English fondness for what might best be described as additive, spread-out ground-plans for their great cathedrals such as Salisbury (begun 1220). In France, on the other hand, there was a sense of spatial compression, of everything being pulled together, as for example at Rheims.

http://www.salisburycathedral.org.uk/index.php Salisbury Cathedral website.

http://www.cathedrale-reims.com/notre-dame-saint-jacques-reims/ Rheims Cathedral website.

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