Last weekend during my visit to the land of Solomon's Tump and Symonds Yat, I went to see Gloucester Cathedral, which ought to be of interest to my American friends.
This one commemorates the coronation of Henry III in 1216 who was 9 years old at the time, and the only monarch not to have been crowned in Westminster Abbey since William I. He was born in Winchester.
Flying arches between Norman pillars.
There weren't too many people but there was constant movement and subdued chatter. It wasn't too intrusive. While I was there, there an announcement was made by the Dean to ask for a moment's silence to remember that it was a place of worship. It didn't seem too much to ask but sadly very few people bothered to comply with his wish. Disappointing, because I don't feel you need to have any religious conviction to show some respect to the beliefs of the people who built it, those who now maintain it and those who worship there.
It's a much smaller cathedral than Winchester, less "grand", but a lovely place with plenty of very friendly guides to help you on your way.
It has a modern claim to fame from starring in two Harry Potter films which doesn't seem to have caused as much discussion as Winchester's part in the Da Vinci Code.
But there is also an older connection to the United States. How many people, American or otherwise, actually know what it is without looking it up? I certainly didn't. No cheating now!