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The High Alter - Peterborough Cathedral

By James_C
Good morning all,

It is Sunday again and so I thought another, closer, look at the imposing High Alter at Peterborough Cathedral would be in order. The high alter, rearados, stained glass, cloisters and Lady Chapel were all destroyed by the parliamentarians during the civil war. Some repairs were carried out during the 17th and 18th centuries, but the main restoration work wasn't started until 1883 when John Loughborough Pearson supervised a complete rebuild of the interior pillars, choir and west front. This work included the high altar, the marble pavement leading to the high alter, and the hand-carved choir stalls, cathedra (bishop's throne) and choir pulpit.

In answer to saltireblue's querry the Saltire marks the spot where Mary Queen of Scots was buried in 1587. Her body was removed to Westminster Abbey in 1612. She had been imprisoned, tried and executed at nearby Fotheringhay Castle.

Many thanks for the wonderful c+c on my last upload. It is always appreciated. I hope you enjoy this one Thanks for looking.

Best regards,


Tags: Photo journalism Church General Architecture Religion Peterborough Cathedral High Alter

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JO4NNA 8 9 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 8:02AM
Love the tones of this image & a fellow yocal 2 Smile I Live in Long Sutton, nice to meet you x

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saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
6 Mar 2011 8:24AM
It is a very good composition and the presentation is grand,very well taken too,
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 8:49AM

Quote:I wonder what the Saltire is doing in Peterborough Cathedral?

The Saltire marks the where Mary Queen of Scots was buried in 1587. Her body was removed to Westminster Abbey in 1612.

EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
6 Mar 2011 9:02AM
So glad you answered the question, even before I got to ask! Wonderful pov and detail of this suprb cathedral.

helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 9:08AM
Love the angle you have taken this from - beautiful tones and detail James -a very impressive painting above too.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 9:35AM
Beautifully calm, serene - plus a fascinating history lesson.
madbilly 11 1 4 England
6 Mar 2011 11:03AM
another great image, the details in that ceiling are magic

franfoto 12 2 32 England
6 Mar 2011 11:51AM
Beautifully composed and processed and an interesting write up.

taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
6 Mar 2011 2:50PM
Exceptional indoor photography-- Amazing how you have brilliant light on the alter, the supporting shapes still clear in the shadows!
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
6 Mar 2011 3:14PM
Superb interior shot...the detail even in more shadowed areas has recorded perfectly.
ianrobinson 10 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 8:16PM
great tones and good light with his shot.
I must say photography broadens your view and i have found myself looking more at church's and cathedrals as they tend to be very fascinating and this one is also.
Thx for sharing.
pdcche 9 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 10:44PM
Stunning capture.. Peter
JimV 13 6 3 Canada
7 Mar 2011 5:53AM
A superb shot with wonderful detail, first class interior photography James, and a great description too, thanks for showing!
Rgds., Jim
Ray42 11 3 England
7 Mar 2011 7:29AM
You certainly captured this one beautifully James - a real cracker of a shot - and an interesting write up too

Quote:...first class interior photography...
- I quite agree
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
7 Mar 2011 8:47AM
A stunning interior capture, James, what a beautiful cathedral, very well captured. Carol
DilysT 8 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2011 6:14PM
What a grand place and thanks for the interesting information Smile
ChasD 10 4 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2011 2:48PM
Very good detail and capture of the light illuminating the altar. Charles.
LexEquine 13 1 19 United States
6 Jan 2012 6:15PM
'Outstanding {A+++}, artistic, & beautiful indoor Architectural Image' ~ Peter
28 Feb 2012 11:09AM
Great POV so ceiling is including and that is one impressive ceiling. Have not ventured into world of architecture yet....!
accipiter 10 61 England
29 Mar 2012 9:47AM
good angle of view for this excellent composition. Like the colors and tones. A

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