Two modern stone statues are placed in the medieval niches flanking the west door of the cathedral. They depict:
1. Mother Julian of Norwich
2. St. Benedict
(left) Mother Julian of Norwich (1342 - c. 1416), English anchoress who is regarded as an important Christian mystic. Written around 1395, her work, Revelations of Divine Love, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman (Wikipedia). She holds her book.
(right) St. Benedict (c.480-543), Patron saint of Europe and students; founded communities for monks. Benedict's main achievement is his "Rule of Saint Benedict", containing precepts for his monks
(Wikipedia).. The Benedict monastic order founded Norwich Cathedral Priory in 1096. He puts his finger to his lips to urge silence - the message written on his book: 'Ausculta' (listen).
David Holgate (Romford, London 1939 - 2014),
English sculptor of Norwich