The Journey 1

By mrswoolybill
St Cuthbert died on Holy Island in 687 but it was a long time before his body found a final resting place. When the Danes attacked the North East coast in 875 the monks fled, taking the Saintís coffin with them. They wandered the land for many years, stopping off here and there for periods of time but never settling.
In the late 10th Century the monks were on the road from Ripon to Chester-le-Street with the coffin when they rested overnight near Durham. An angel appeared in a dream telling them to build a suitable shrine for the Saint at the point where they would see a young girl leading a dun (brown) cow. The result (eventually) was Durham Cathedral.
Two months ago a remarkable sculpture by Fenwick Lawson (two good Northern names there for the price of one...) was unveiled in Durham City. Some details today for starters...
Thanks for looking,
Moira

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Comments


BBB 13 2 England
2 Dec 2008 7:23AM
Very nice take. I'll have to find it when I come up for the Xmas fair next weekend
Wilf
2 Dec 2008 7:40AM
Excellent cropping Moira, the close-in shots really show how the statue was worked, and gives it presence, fine images, Adrian
challicew 13 1 1 South Africa
2 Dec 2008 7:45AM
These are truly superb images of superb artwork! What were these scultures made from? Stone? Metal?
BURNSIE 13 25 4 England
2 Dec 2008 7:46AM
Chester-le-Street the birth place of Brian Robson Man u and England legend.

Great capture and write up.

Burnsie
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 7:51AM
There are a lot of legends in the North East, Burnsie! Thank you everyone and good morning.
Challice, the sculpture is cast in bronze. Tricky to photograph, as the surface is quite smooth and reflective - some of the blue toning in these shots is natural, some is reflected sky.
I've included the map location for anyone interested in visiting, it's in a modern precinct just off the foot of Claypath.
Moira
nickyv32 14 135 England
2 Dec 2008 8:01AM
Super images, fantastic statue, love the colouring and great write up, so much to see in your area, looks worth another visit, it was over 30 years ago since I passed your way

Nicky
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
2 Dec 2008 8:03AM
a fine set Moira...love the comp/crop.....worksperfect

ollie
jdenman 13 19 5 Spain
2 Dec 2008 8:09AM
These are all super compositions, really interesting info to go with them.
John
imagio 15 12 1 England
2 Dec 2008 8:14AM
Excellent series with great detail and texture Moira

bernie
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
2 Dec 2008 8:16AM
Great details
Dennis
GrahamNobles 13 9 4 England
2 Dec 2008 8:25AM
A lovely story, Moira. And a great shot too, focused on the hand, perfect.
Graham
danbrann 17 640 17
2 Dec 2008 8:40AM
That is so interesting moira because there is also a pub there called the Dun Cow.

A good image and a case where the part can be as good as or better than the whole.
LuzDeNoche 13 2 France
2 Dec 2008 8:41AM
I do like this monk-ey business. Wink
Wonderful capture of the details of what I'm sure is a great work of art. Look forward to seeing the rest.
Smile Lucy
AlanBW 15 20 England
2 Dec 2008 8:50AM
Superb series, the toning is wonderful
zebraboy 17 197 Australia
2 Dec 2008 9:02AM
Smart work Moira, some well framed details here, I'm now impatient for more!! We have a Dun Cow pub too, in Hornton a village 3 miles out of town!!
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 9:42AM
I feel I know the sculpture already. Beautiful details.

Tel*
Ayelet_A 13 11 3 Israel
2 Dec 2008 9:46AM
This has to be your work - brilliant again Moira. Fantastic cropping and the light is excellent really bringing out the sculpture texture.

Ayelet
nefaman 16 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 9:54AM
nice set of shots Moira great detail
Sahyadri 13 61 2 India
2 Dec 2008 9:57AM
absolutely brilliant details Moira and thank you for the story...
cjl47 13 5 3 England
2 Dec 2008 10:00AM
Superb collection and great write up.
chris
fentiger 20 920 24 England
2 Dec 2008 10:35AM
Fine work Moira with an interesting narrative.

Albert
davidhu 16 19 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 10:41AM
Good detail shots, Moira. V1 is the standout for me with its imaginative crop.
Dave
Cormy 14 3 England
2 Dec 2008 11:36AM
Super detailed shots to go with your narrative Moira.
Cheers
Alan
Techno Plus
13 6.2k 8 England
2 Dec 2008 11:54AM
Wonderful detail in these shots Moira, love the narrative, got around a bit this Cuthbert, local folklore has it he visited these parts, my neck of the woods here in West Mercia.
Mal
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
2 Dec 2008 12:05PM
Great structure and details in this interesting piece

Peter
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
2 Dec 2008 12:24PM
v1 captures this labor of love perfectly. Interesting story and series. (I expect we'll see the pub sign before long)
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 12:35PM
wonderful detail and textures here Moira, trust danny to know where the pub is...LOL.........marc
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
2 Dec 2008 12:52PM
Love #2
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
2 Dec 2008 12:57PM
Good photography, Moira, texture, light highlights, details, excellent!
jennn
ian walker 17 717 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 1:06PM
nice set of shots showing some interesting details
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
2 Dec 2008 1:32PM
Thought it was stone at first.It has not got the usual patina of bronze,but being only two months old,explains it.In a couple of years time it will have a ''different'' look.It will take the colour that is more associated with bronze.The other tell tale sign that it is a bronze ''new born'',are the well defined lines that are evident here.
After a longer period of time,these lines do eventually ''smooth'' off.
Bronze does not rust,but like everything else on this Planet,it takes its own form of showing signs of old age !! Good detailed images Moira.And it is actually quite rare to see bronze in this infant state !!!
Mick.
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
2 Dec 2008 1:56PM
fascinating set...
MilanaG 15 Bulgaria
2 Dec 2008 2:31PM
Something in your style!Great set of shots...well seen!
Milena
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
2 Dec 2008 2:48PM
What a fascinating series and write up Moira, so well done.
Bob
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 2:58PM
Lovely detail
Mavis
SlowSong Plus
13 9.9k 30 England
2 Dec 2008 2:59PM
A great sculpture with plenty of lovely texture.
Chris
Bodiewil 14 46 Wales
2 Dec 2008 3:26PM
I love it when you do this type of work. Great detail and clever images
danbrann 17 640 17
2 Dec 2008 4:11PM
Moira actualy I'm not sure where there is a Dun Cow. I have a feeling there used to be one in Newcastle.
Danny

Moira I have just googled....oh what a mess.... there is one in Durham.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
2 Dec 2008 4:20PM
Wonderful series Moira, with V1 being the perfect crop/composition; superb image.
Rende
JudeC 14 6 3 England
2 Dec 2008 4:24PM
Hi Moira - just had a look thtough my collection of stained glass shots to see if I have one of St Cuthbert - unfortunately my shot is of St Oswald - super set of images - Jude.
RockArea 15 18 3 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 4:37PM
An excellent selection of shots, Moira. Looks like a great monument.

David
SandraKay Plus
14 233 4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 4:55PM
These close-ups have a lot of impact, Moira - especially the giant hand in v2.
Sandra
Mikelane 14 1 Wales
2 Dec 2008 5:19PM
4 great images moira,love then all but i do favourV2,excellent detail in all ,lovely work moira regards
Mike
2 Dec 2008 6:42PM
great detail in pictures and history Moira. The closest I get to doing something like that, is carving the Turkey.

John Smile
MalcolmS Plus
16 1.2k 13 England
2 Dec 2008 6:57PM
Great capture of the details and textures Moira

Malcolm
2 Dec 2008 6:58PM
You really do make these things come to life
User_Removed 14 485 13 England
2 Dec 2008 7:08PM
marvellous study again Moira, very well done

rgds
Dave
LesF 15 182 9
2 Dec 2008 7:23PM
Lovely detail and story.

LesF
Roly 14 Wales
2 Dec 2008 8:38PM
Interesting set of images and write up.
tony64 17 204 9 England
2 Dec 2008 9:28PM
Interesting shots and info Moira!
I love the crop of V1 too.
Tony
digiray63 14 4 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2008 11:07PM
Beautiful detail in these shots and a interesting story.
Ray
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
3 Dec 2008 12:16AM
I love the close ups Moira. A fine set and an interesting text.

Phil
Kinda putting the horse before the cart here, just linked in from todays images to yesterdays.

Dougie
Richsr 14 91 223 England
3 Dec 2008 1:13PM
Like the details and info you have provided Moria - have to look this up next time I visit Durham.
Regards Richard.
pascalg Plus
14 37 1 France
3 Dec 2008 4:40PM
simply love the whole series, including today's upload ;
slight preference for these stunning details Smile
Buffalo_Tom Plus
15 2.3k 22 Wales
3 Dec 2008 7:25PM
Like the tones and detail in all of these Moira.
Tom.
kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
4 Dec 2008 7:25PM
wonderful narrative and information it contains, the shots are of course excellent
John_Humphreys 16 69 2 Ireland
4 Dec 2008 8:40PM
Thanks for the really interesting description. Good pictures too. JOhn
sillygirl 13 9 Sweden
4 Dec 2008 8:43PM
Fantastic shots.
Marie
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
6 Dec 2008 5:27PM
An excellent series and description to go with them
Brilane 15 5 12 Wales
7 Dec 2008 2:19PM
Good texture and details.
Brian

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