Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Peterborough Cathedral

Roger was kind enough to take me on a tour of Peterborough Cathedral, about an hour or so drive away. This cathedral had one of the most interesting examples of ceiling art I have seen. Very Norman arches I might add.
Here's the unusual ceiling design. Sorry about the lighting. I have tried to tinker with the photos to brighten them but it was dark outside, making the cathedral inside quite dark inside.
This was over the main altar, quite beautiful I must say. The 12 disciples are displayed.

Buried here is Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Historians believe she was probably the one wife he did actually love, if such a man was actually capable of it. Mary, Queen of Scots was originally buried here, but has since been removed to Westminster Abbey in London, ironically to be buried next to her half sister, Elizabeth I who ordered her beheading. The Scottish flags are still mark the place, however.
Outside the gate there was a lovely if somewhat random Merry-go-round. It was strange hearing faint Merry-go-round music as you walk to and from the main entrance to the cathedral. I felt at home though because it was playing the Grandfather Clock song, which Johnny Cash did a great version of. You know the one...
Ninety years without slumbering, (tick, tock, tick, tock).
His life's seconds numbering, (tick, tock, tick, tock).
It stopped, short, never to go again, when the old man died.

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