Monday, 8 August 2016

Inspiringly spireless

We had a fascinating visit to Ripon Cathedral. There's a good mix of architectural styles and historical periods, from a crypt underneath dating through the 600s to the 'modern' font added in Tudor times to coloured statues created only last century.








The guide who chatted to me for a while passed on several pieces of information which I'd love to include in a story some time.











I'm not the only one to have seen story potential. A former canon's son C.S Lewis noticed a carving in the misericords of a rabbit being chased by a gryphon and disappearing down a hole. He later wrote Alice in Wonderland.



7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Spectacular place!

sonia said...

Lovely photos.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - I love those Misericords .. beautiful carvings. Ripon - I've never visited ... it looks to be so interesting .. thanks for highlighting for us - cheers Hilary

Crystal Collier said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Architecture totally fascinates me. My poor husband used to get dragged around neighborhoods while I examined the different approaches builders took. The old stuff, that's where it's at. Brilliant engineering with limited tools. Amazing.

oscar case said...

Fascinating building! Great pics!

L said...

We often visit Ripon but have never been in the cathedral. It is now on my to do list.

Frances Garrood said...

I don't know Ripon catehdral, but it definitely looks worth a visit.