New year in Canterbury Cathedral

by Helen Hooker January. 01, 2016 2911 views

I last visited Canterbury Cathedral about twenty years ago so it was a pleasure to be reacquainted with this beautiful building when we visited today. My clearest memory of the Cathedral is of the spacious crypt but sadly photography isn't allowed here. However, I made the most of my opportunities around the rest of the building and found a plethora of interesting details to photograph, especially among the many tombs of past Archbishops and other noteworthy folk.

A very happy new year to all my Photoblog friends - here's to lots of wonderful photographic opportunities in 2016!

Fortunately we arrived early so I managed to catch one shot of the nave before it filled up with people!

This shot is especially for my friends Jean and Alan who always comment on my ceiling shots in churches and cathedrals. And yes, I did lie on the floor to get this one!

I found it fascinating to look back through the names of all the Archbishops of Canterbury, especially some of the unusual names among the earliest ones!

I kept finding interesting hands to photograph on the many tombs, some of them complete with frilly cuffs!

I've often played music by the composer Orlando Gibbons so it was lovely to find a memorial to him in the Cathedral

The tomb of King Henry IV and his wife Joan of Navarre

This dog guards the feet of the Black Prince, the eldest son of King Edward III. Sadly he died a year before his father and became the first Prince of Wales not to become King of England. On his death Edward III was succeeded by King Richard II. I had always assumed that winklepickers were an invention of the 1960s but, judging by the Black Prince's footwear, they were evidently a style statement in fourteen century too!

I found this ancient graffiti on one of the pillars in the nave

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Gillian Parsons 3 years, 10 months ago

Superb Helen and a very Happy New Year a lovely way to spend it enjoying photography.

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Kenny H 3 years, 10 months ago

Beautifully shot Helen.

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John Wright 3 years, 10 months ago

and oh...happy new year!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
John Wright 3 years, 10 months ago

A great sseries. #3 is an absolute cracker.

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