Monday, August 5, 2019

Norwich Cathedral

After Boston we drove on to Norwich. We'd been thinking about going to the motorhome and campervan show there on the 19th and finally decided to do it. You can camp at the show itself, but have to spend two or three nights, and we didn't think we wanted to spend that much time there. So we found a nice rural layby a few miles from town, by a horse ranch, drove next morning to the Park & Ride, and easily bused into Norwich, to spend a day there before the motorhome show began. We visited Norwich cathedral, doing one of its excellent tours, and then spent the balance of the day visiting other almost equally ancient sites in the town, the market, the Medieval halls, and so on. Next post.
Someone else's picture; couldn't get far enough away to do my normal west facade view

Nave: very Norman, 12th century, until you look up at the 15th century ceiling; note
organ is part of the rood screen

Nave ceiling; enlarge to see the hundreds of ceiling bosses



Easily one of the more interesting baptismal fonts (the doll is there to help
explain to heathens why Christians dunk their children) we have seen: most
fonts in this part of the world are stone, often beautifully carved, older generally
than the church they sit in; not this one--it is the caramel stirring pot from the
now closed Mackintosh/Rowntree candy manufacturing company that was
located in Norwich back in the Good Old Whenever; inventor and maker of Rolos;
Vicki asked the guide whether there was controversy about replacing the ancient
old font with this new copper stirring pot...the guide seemed astonished at the, she said everyone loves it... sic transitGloriaad majorem
gloriam Dei...Amen

One of a pair of twisty columns in the nave; Norwich is just
a tad younger than Durham, but shares many such features

Remnant of ancient scene on ceiling

Not funny

This is a look into one of the piers/columns: 99% of the
structure is rubble, chiefly flint, the main building material
hereabouts, with a thin veneer of Caen limestone...brought
to Norwich via the Channel, the North Sea, then up the

Christian graffiti...said to be a prayer for the safety of a ship...

Now in the quire

Attempted artsy showing the meeting of styles

Cathedral cat, spends most of every day here in the quire; the guide said it was a major
priority to get him out of the cathedral very evening, lest his nocturnal prowling set
off the motion detectors

Many misericords on view

Now in the chancel, before the altar

The Erpingham Window...local boy who was one of the
leaders and heroes of Agincourt; typical English window

In the St. Luke Chapel, the Despenser Reredos, 1380, depicting scenes of the Passion,
the piece is remarkable for its great age and survival; also remarkable that it's not
in the National Gallery

Grave of Edith Cavell, nursing and Red Cross leader, who
was executed by the Germans in 1915 for helping Allied
soldiers back across the battle lines in Belgium; she was from
near Norwich
Norwich has the second largest of English cloisters
And the only one that's a double-decker

And...a labyrinth!

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