I need a day out in my head - January seems such a long month. So here is part 1 of Lincoln Cathedral. Enjoy.
Ruskin said of Lincoln Cathedral: "I have always held . . . that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have."
The stunning West Front of the cathedral. Building work began here in 1072, when William the Conquerer told Bishop Remigius to build him a Cathedral to keep his castle company. Unfortunately after 20 years of building, there was a fire which destroyed the roof. Worse was to come in 1185 when an earthquake split the cathedral from top to bottom. Fortunately the West Front survived.
Whilst there are traditionally Norman chevron patterns around the doorway, there is a nod to late Anglo Saxon designs.
This shows particularly in the figures in the interlace below.
Anglo-Saxon sculpture around the Cathedral doorways. Figures with long tails inhabiting vine scrolls.
Inside your eyes are raised to the soaring arches.
The black marble font (ordered from a quarry in Belgium at great expense) has Beasties which show the battle between good and evil. Evil appears to be a dragon, with wings, scales and a belly like a Crocodile! Good is represented by what could be a wolf-like animal, but it has curly locks on its neck so we will assume it to be a lion. Not St Mark's lion, however, as that has wings . . . Some slightly different "baddies" being sorted out on another face.
Below, one of two superb 'Rose' windows. The Dean's Window has its original panels, and faces North . . . he was lower down in the pecking order . . . People believed that it looked north 'to keep out the dark deeds of the Devil.'