England's cathedrals make an immense contribution to the country's historic environment.
They are landmarks; they are often the largest and most architecturally complex, and amongst the oldest, buildings in their areas. Importantly, they remain in use for the purpose for which they were originally built.
Through cathedrals' presence, worship and varied work, they also reach out to their local and wider communities in numerous and diverse ways.
Read more about the 42 cathedrals in Janet Gough's beautifully illustrated book, Cathedrals of the Church of England, part of Scala publishing's successful Director's Choice series.