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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus

14 Comments CherryPie on Mar 13th 2016

This statue, by Anthony Robinson, speaks of Mary in her sorrow and triumph. Mary, who stood at the foot of the cross, knew the depth of sorrow. Mary, whose son Jesus Christ rose from the dead, can today teach us of grief transformed to joy – of light after darkness.
The statue faces the site of [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 12th 2016

6 Comments CherryPie on Mar 10th 2016

Although the Abbey was founded in 1087 by nobleman Robert FitzHamon, building of the present Abbey did not start until 1102. Built to house Benedictine monks, the Norman Abbey was near completion when consecrated in 1121.
Embellishments to the long nave roof and the apsidal chancel were made in the first half of the 14th century [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 9th 2016

The lavatorium (‘washing place’) in the north walk of the cloister is decorated with a delightful small-scale fan vault. The trough with its drainage holes would have been lead-lined, and on the shelf behind there would have been lead tanks with taps at the front. The lavatorium was used for hand-washing before meals. The whole [...]

12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 7th 2016

Gloucester’s great Cloister is famous for its magnificent fan vaulting, which is believed to be the earliest example in England.
Originally built to house the monks, it provided space for them to live, work and meditate. In many abbeys, the cloisters were traditionally built on the south side, but at Gloucester, it unusually lies on the [...]

19 Comments CherryPie on Mar 4th 2016

At the entrance to Gloucester Cathedral, the West Window is a prominent feature. Although my photographs don’t capture the details well, the window depicts Biblical scenes.

The glass we see today was installed in 1859 as a memorial to Dr J. H. Monk, Bishop of Gloucester from 1830 to 1856. It was made by the large [...]

4 Comments CherryPie on Mar 3rd 2016

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