Monday, 19 September 2011

Lincoln Cathedral - Posting 2 (Inside the Cathedral)

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My main reason for visiting Lincoln Cathedral was that I thought they had a chained library, but alas, no. They told me there was one eons ago, but now they simply have a mock up of one book chained to a stand. There is however a lovely library full of very old books that you can read but by appointment only. No photos were allowed, sorry. However, here's the rest of the Cathedral for you.

The Nave (above) was completed in 1250. It quite often holds 2,000 people,  for concerts and services.

Below is part of the great 12th century frieze, which, as you can see, is being restored.

Above a beautiful piece of embroidery, and left a modern sculpture. Neither had an explanation next to them I'm afraid, so I'm unable to tell you much about them.

The following photos did however, and they are part of a very beautiful frieze called The Forest Stations by William Fairbank.

"There are 15 Forest Stations in all, each one tells a story about a moment in time between the better known "Stations of the Cross".

The Forest Stations are exhibited in panels on the North wall of the Nave of Lincoln Cathedral.

Using wood in an imaginative and innovative way, William Fairbank has created an astonishing set of wood panels involving intricate carving, inlay, juxtaposition of different woods, indeed, woods from many countries to create a narrative of the journey Jesus makes to the Cross and Resurection."

Below: St Hugh's Choir. This was the first bit of the church to be rebuilt after the earthquake. The wooden carved bits are the Canons' stalls (this is where they sit for important services). They're made from oak and are very beautiful.  On most days an Evensong service takes place here, the Bible is read, and prayers are said for the world.

(nb In the first posting I mentioned we were late arriving in Lincoln because we were caught in a tremendous traffic queue caused by a nasty accident involving a lorry and a van.  I left a note on the Intercessions Board, asking for a bit of love to be sent to those involved.  It would be nice to think they were alright, but I fear not. We had the misfortune to be stuck exactly opposite the wreckage")

The Stained Glass is medieval. This window has recently been restored and double glazed to protect it.
 I loved this carved "walkway" and was intrigued by the plain wood beam underneath it. Do you think it was also like the one above at some point?
 A snippet of paint on the carved stone vaulting.

 The Lincoln Imp.  This area is called the Angel Choir, and dates from about 1280, and was made to house a shrine to St Hugh and pilgrims various.  It's named after 28 angels carved and placed up high under the windows.

At the top of this pillar  is a small carved figure of the Lincoln Imp.

Here's a bit from Wikipedia about the imp.


According to a 14th-century legend two mischievous creatures called imps were sent by Satan to do evil work on Earth. After causing mayhem in Northern England, the two imps headed to Lincoln Cathedral where they smashed tables and chairs and tripped up the Bishop When an angel came out of a book of hymns and told them to stop, one of the imps was brave and started throwing rocks at the angel but the other imp cowered under the broken tables and chairs. The angel turned the first imp to stone giving the second imp a chance to escape.

There are many variations on Lincoln Imp legends. According to one popular legend, the imp which escaped fled north to Grimsby, where it soon began making trouble again. It entered St. James Church and began repeating its behaviour at Lincoln Cathedral. The angel then reappeared and gave the imp's backside a good thrashing before turning it to stone like its friend. The "Grimsby Imp" can still be seen in St James' Church, clinging to its sore bottom. Another legend has the escaped imp turned to stone just outside the cathedral, and sharp-eyed visitors can spot it on a South outside wall.

The font.   It's a rare piece of Tournai marble and dates from the time of the Norman Cathedral.  I liked the reflections of the roof, in the water (below)

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