The Trees Above The Rabbit Hole

My recent visits to Manchester Cathedral and Hexham Abbey culminated in my waxing lyrical about the woodwork, whether intricately carved or beautifully painted. In Ripon Cathedral too, the wooden structures were the ones that generated the greatest fascination. This isn't entirely a coincidence. There are misericords again (over 30) and they were carved over a … Continue reading The Trees Above The Rabbit Hole

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About Face

One of the consequences of the Reformation was the loss of art in Northern Europe.  Statues were removed. (Did you spot the empty niches in this shot yesterday?) Paintings were destroyed.  Murals and frescos whitewashed over.  Carvings were vandalised. The Lady Chapel at Ely which adjoins the Cathedral is a large an airy building; a … Continue reading About Face