I haven’t been north for so long I am getting withdrawal symptoms. Can’t wait! Though of course, the weather might put a bit of a downer on our plans if the snow keeps up.
We should at least be able to get to see the Saxon stuff we’ve been waiting to see.
Chester is do-able, so I will finally get to see the places you have been telling me about, as well as Werburgh’s shrine in the Cathedral. You know it was Æthelfleda…another one of our Sisters of Mercia… who is said to have turned the early church there into a college?
Her church was lost, of course; razed to the ground in 1090AD, but there is a lot of the subsequent church from 1093AD still extant. Even if it did get the obligatory Victorian facelift from our old friend George Gilbert Scott.
Doing a bit of research it seems you will have a field day with the geometries, particularly the floor of the Lady Chapel, by the looks of things. It does make you wonder how much of the symbolic language of sacred art we have lost over the centuries. I know a lot of it is still out there and available for research… like the stained glass lady we found at St Thomas’s that day who knew such a lot about the abstract designs. The one who told us about the Heaven’s Gate windows high in the wall above the altar.
Okay, I know that many of the symbols are fairly obvious, even to our untrained eyes, and even more are designed to speak to the subconscious through that universal symbolism that seems to go beyond words and across time. But I wouldn’t mind betting there was an inner circle of savants who knew more about the geometries than has survived.
It’s going to be like Lincoln though… too big to take in. Even the most cursory research is showing a plethora of misericords, stained glass from some of our usual culprits like Kempe and Clayton and Bell, and wait till you see the lectern! The font is a bit unusual too and carries the ChiRo symbol.
We could probably spend a week in there…
But let’s not forget the gelid waters of Holywell…
Bringing your bathing gear? It is January after all…
Wen and attendant Beast. X