Our first destination for our short holiday in Lincolnshire was Lincoln Cathedral this morning. Naturally, they’d heard we were coming and covered much of the building in scaffolding so there were no opportunities for sweeping shots of the exterior – that will have to wait for another visit!
Inside, the nave had a unique pandemic look – small groups of plastic chairs dotted around to allow for social distancing. While I can understand the need for such precautions these chairs do look rather out of place in a medieval cathedral!
I spent some time in the Chapter House, accompanied by a solitary pigeon which was doing its best to explore the capacious echo with its cooing! The low early morning sunlight threw a glorious glow across the stonework, drawing my eye to some of the finer details.
At the eastern end of the cathedral I found one of the most recent additions – a suite of ecclesiastical furniture made by Nicholas Hobbs. I love the simple but elegant designs and was delighted to find that the seats are remarkably comfortable – definitely not a case of form over function!
I also took this opportunity to find the diminutive Lincoln Imp, who hides away above one of the stone pillars here. A 14th century legend tells that Satan sent two imps to do evil work on earth. They caused chaos in the Cathedral, where they destroyed furniture and tripped up the Bishop until an angel came out of a book of hymns and told them to stop. He turned one of the imps to stone, while the second escaped. Even on still days it tends to be breezy around the cathedral and the legend tells that this wind is the second imp still searching for his friend.
Those who have followed my blog for some time will know I have a soft spot for interesting door furniture and I found no shortage in Lincoln Cathedral. There’s something so photogenic about old oak doors and characterful ironwork!
Finally I spent a few minutes photographing the decorative stonework around the west door, looking for the exotic creatures who live on the carved pillars.
13 October 2020