Friday, 6 February 2009

Stone Lions


Did you know that one of Bentley's favourite motifs was lion heads? It was because of his devotion to St Mark's, Venice. You'll see some nice lions in the ceiling area of the Cathedral Hall - all different. But they also pop up in unexpected places - like this one lurking on the Cathedral roof (the pigeon has just spotted it too). As you can see the snow has vanished. It's still blocking roads in Devon, but the blanket covering of the Cathedral has disappeared. No - I didn't take any snaps. But if anyone did, please send me your pics and I'll throw them up here.

10 comments:

EMAIL ADDRESS said...

Hmmm, Nice lion, makes a change from gargoyles. Nice patch of crumbling brickwork too. Clearly when the building was cleaned it has been so thorough it has removed the firing skin from the surface of the bricks. They will all now have to be cut out and replaced. The longer they are left, the worse they will get and then water will begin to seep through the walls. but perhaps this is all planned as part of the renovation to the domes?

big benny said...

I wonder if we shall have to wait another 3 months for a blog entry. Father, there is a need for more moderate catholic blogs. By not posting more you are allowing the vacuum to be filled by the extreme end of catholic fundamentalist conservatives. I knw you must be very busy but surely one of the interns or lay members of the cathedral staff could post details and photos of the life of the cathedral under your supervision. I would like to see some of the cathedrals varied ceremonies and how the renovations are progressing. Unfortunately as I am now housebound I cannot get to visit the Cathedral anymore.

Jakieyin said...

Good your blog. I appreciate you like A Dream of Red Mansions, it is a book people admire. I am also interested in the Bible, He gave me a lot of inspiration, although a lot of things I do not understand it.

John the organist said...

big benny might like to look at my blog as we serve at the cathedral? The organist librarian

gabriella50 said...

Such a beautiful cathedral!
And I was so blessed when I visited it ... a Mass in the Extraordinary Form was about to begin!!! I'll never forget the awesome experience :)

fredgwyther said...

I MISS YOUR BLOG.WHEN WILL IT RESUME.FEBRUARY IS A LONG TIME SINCE THE LAST ONE.

Joe said...
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Joe said...

Interested to find this blog. As a Cathedral sacristan from 1962-1972, I have many happy memories. In those days the college of chaplains numbered 26. I was privileged to know many good and zealous priests.

John Sales

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God bless you!