The tomb of St Hugh at Lincoln Cathedral. Born in Avalon, his family moved to Grenoble, so he travelled a long way to become the Bishop of the cathedral, although that said, he was a deacon at Witham Chartherhouse in Somerset in 1179 so was already on English soil. He was made Bishop of Lincoln in 1186. He is associated with a Swan - originally a territorial nasty-tempered beast, but with St Hugh, he became tame and biddable. Hugh was canonized in 1220, and is the patron saint of sick children, sick people, shoemakers and swans.
Above and below, some lovely carved faces with great character from the Choir Screen.
Incredible work right across the Choir Screen.
The leather cap and the chisel behind his ear suggests that this was one of the Masons who worked here.
Leo the lion . . .
Weird faces guard a Bishop.
There were a number of Gardiner memorials in one area. They were obviously an important local family.
More stunning stained glass.
Faces on the ceilings too . . . These were in the Cloisters area.
Not sure if those are meant to be hands up at his mouth. Why?
Some real magic for us two Pre-Raphaelite fans . . .
I hope that you have enjoyed Lincoln. I would love to visit again, but can't see that happening.
Must dash as Keith has a speech therapy class on line this morning.