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Gloucester Cathedral

By achieverswales
Thanks everyone for great comments and votes yesterday, these are from last Wednesday.

Gloucester Cathedral, or the Cathedral Church of St Peter and the Holy and Indivisible Trinity, in Gloucester, England, stands in the north of the city near the river. It originated in 678 or 679 with the foundation of an abbey dedicated to Saint Peter (dissolved by King Henry VIII).

The foundations of the present church were laid by Abbot Serlo (10721104). Walter Gloucester (d. 1412) the abbey's historian, became its first mitred abbot in 1381. Until 1541, Gloucester lay in the see of Worcester, but the separate see was then constituted, with John Wakeman, last abbot of Tewkesbury, as its first bishop. The diocese covers the greater part of Gloucestershire, with small parts of Herefordshire and Wiltshire. The cathedral has a stained glass window containing the earliest images of golf. This dates from 1350, over 300 years earlier than the earliest image of golf from Scotland. There is also a carved image of people playing a ball game, believed by some to be one of the earliest images of medieval football.

Construction and architectureThe cathedral, built as the abbey church, consists of a Norman nucleus (Walter de Lacy is buried there), with additions in every style of Gothic architecture. It is 420 feet (130 m) long, and 144 feet (44 m) wide, with a fine central tower of the 15th century rising to the height of 225 ft (69 m) and topped by four delicate pinnacles, a famous landmark. The nave is massive Norman with an Early English roof; the crypt, under the choir, aisles and chapels, is Norman, as is the chapter house. The crypt is one of the four apsidal cathedral crypts in England, the others being at Worcester, Winchester and Canterbury.

The south porch is in the Perpendicular style, with a fan-vaulted roof, as also is the north transept, the south being transitional Decorated Gothic. The choir has Perpendicular tracery over Norman work, with an apsidal chapel on each side: the choir vaulting is particularly rich. The late Decorated east window is partly filled with surviving medieval stained glass. Between the apsidal chapels is a cross Lady chapel, and north of the nave are the cloisters, the carrels or stalls for the monks' study and writing lying to the south. The cloisters at Gloucester are the earliest surviving fan vaults, having been designed between 1351 and 1377 by Thomas de Cambridge.

The most notable monument is the canopied shrine of King Edward II of England who was murdered at nearby Berkeley Castle (illustration below). The building and sanctuary were enriched by the visits of pilgrims to this shrine. In a side-chapel is a monument in coloured bog oak of Robert Curthose, eldest son of William the Conqueror and a great benefactor of the abbey, who was interred there. Monuments of Bishop Warburton and Dr Edward Jenner are also worthy of note.

Between 1873 and 1890, and in 1897, the cathedral was extensively restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott.

MisericordsThe cathedral has forty-six 14th-century misericords and twelve 19th-century replacements by George Gilbert Scott. Both types have a wide range of subject matter: mythology, everyday occurrences, religious symbolism and folklore.

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Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
4 Dec 2011 11:22AM
V1 has an almost surreal look....quite effective. The write up is great.
I love v2, what an interesting follow up to the previous image of the festival!

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4 Dec 2011 11:23AM
Morning Trev, great shots food for the garden to be recycled, history of this is amazing, thanks regards gray.
4 Dec 2011 11:25AM
hi Trev , super great history thanks regards gray
4 Dec 2011 11:28AM
Thanks for the write up
V2 was wonderful,,,,
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
4 Dec 2011 11:42AM
Beautifully composed series Trev; V2 is very funny Smile
Gypsyman 6 662 England
4 Dec 2011 11:48AM
Nice Set Trevor, well done. Eric.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
4 Dec 2011 12:01PM
A very full narrative giving the history of this beautiful Cathedral, Trev, adding so much to one's appreciation of your images: I have to say V 2 is quite a catch........not what one usually associates with a Cathedral, more the manger elsewhere.
Excellent detail throughout.
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
4 Dec 2011 12:02PM
i like the colours you've brought out in v3.
nice one
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
4 Dec 2011 12:27PM
Another fine set, trev, love the composition and processing in V.1. Carol
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2011 12:46PM
Love the lead in, with the paving

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
4 Dec 2011 2:49PM
Great set, Trev, V2 really made me laugh! Grin I rather like the colours in V3, so this has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
7 10 10 England
4 Dec 2011 4:39PM
V2 is my favourite Trev, apart from the humour in the clean-up I love the reflected light on the pillars.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
4 Dec 2011 5:14PM
An interesting and eclectic set Trev and a fascinating narrative to accompany it
Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
4 Dec 2011 6:05PM
Good info and set of captures Trev, good to see the brush pan and brush was ready to clear the business
Regards Richard
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
4 Dec 2011 7:09PM
A nice set Trev, V2 made me smile and I love the light from the stained window on the pillar.

Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
4 Dec 2011 7:36PM
Superb mini series. Excellent shots.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
4 Dec 2011 8:30PM
You certainly have done the trip to the cathedral proud here Trev,
just have to go with the V2 clean up!
all that manure...wonder if the gardens benifitedWink
great set
thanks for the Mod
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
4 Dec 2011 9:00PM
V2 for me also - what does it say about all of us that we all like it the best!
Seriously, V1's processing is marvellous - love what you have done with it, Trev.
5 Dec 2011 9:02AM
Superb work and excellent captures Trev with a wonderful write up. Gary
5 Dec 2011 11:27AM
love V1 the levels of processing are just right the less said about V2 the better mefinks V4 excellent work again the write up is always appreciated thanks

Graham GrinGrinGrin
5 Dec 2011 7:13PM
Nice st again mate, lovely lighting on v2.
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2011 8:55AM
Great set Trev and such an informative and interesting write up. Thanks for that. Paul

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