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Canterbury Cathedral [Dec. 18th, 2018|05:07 pm]
Tony Grist
We've done all our Christmas shopping and I sort of assumed everybody in Canterbury would have done theirs too. Wrong- and it was a real chore trying to find a parking place in the central area. But I got one thing right; December isn't a month for tourism- and the cathedral wasn't crowded- which was nice.

There were two cheerful policemen posted at the precinct gate. They were wearing flak jackets and toting plastic guns which looked like toys but almost certainly weren't. The cathedral website said we weren't to let them alarm us; there had been no particular threat, but one can never be too careful.

I know Canterbury well- I spent three years there as a student- and my sister used to live in a nearby village- but this is the first time I've been round the cathedral with a camera. They have the builders in- which means a lot of views I might have taken were obscured by scaffolding or netting. The light was poor in parts of the building, so there was no point in trying to take the Black Prince's portrait- or Henry IV's, though I managed a nice shot of Henry Chichele. I'll post that tomorrow...

This is the crossing, shot from the Martyrdom- which is where the four knights caught up with Becket and made a hash of him.



And this is the east end.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-12-18 09:03 pm (UTC)
Just imagine...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-19 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh yes....

A lot of history has flowed through this place.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-12-18 09:39 pm (UTC)
It's been years and years since I visited Canterbury. I have a yen to go back now. The stained glass!(among other things)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
The stained glass is the cathedral's greatest glory.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-12-18 11:07 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-12-19 06:53 am (UTC)
Glorious architecture. So that's the setting for Murder in the Cathedral...

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-19 04:13 pm (UTC)
The Trinity Chapel (second picture) is where Becket's shrine stood.

Edited at 2018-12-19 04:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-12-19 08:14 am (UTC)
I've been to Canterbury a few times but only visited the cathedral this summer, courtesy of a student friend. It's very impressive. (We've probably had this conversation before, long ago, but my dad studied at UKC.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-19 03:54 pm (UTC)
I was at UKC in 69-72. Would I have overlapped with your dad?
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-12-20 08:17 am (UTC)
I'm not sure of the exact years, but he was born in 1949 so it's more than possible! He did Electronics & Engineering and probably spent most of his time going to gigs.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-20 08:34 am (UTC)
I was born in '51 and read English. It seems likely he'd have been in his final year when I was in my first.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-12-20 07:25 pm (UTC)
But did you go and see The Pink Floyd?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-20 07:46 pm (UTC)
'Fraid not. What was I listening to in that era? Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen- that sort of thing- the sounds of self-pity.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2018-12-20 08:22 pm (UTC)
My dad saw Paul Simon play a folk club on the tour of one-night stands, before the big hit with Garfunkel. (He was annoying like that!)
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