Z is for zigzag #AtoZChallenge

Z’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: zest; zion, then I asked a number of people what on earth I could do for z and one kind person said “zig zag”, genius.

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I knew there would be lots of zig zag designs within the cathedral and was very pleased when my favourite spot for the architecture had so many I didn’t know which way to look. Sitting at the east side of the south transept looking North-west I could get in a bit of the medieval ceiling with it’s Victorian overpainting of zigzags alongside the Norman arch with many zigzags all along the arch and the gothic arches which have less zigzag design on them.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs which have completed the challenge. Take a look at what others have done during the 2018 AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Huge thanks to those who have popped by during the month and those who have regularly liked and commented each day. It’s been a pleasure to show you a beautiful building, my way. I hope you’ve enjoyed my style of illustration, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating quite a few new ones during the month.

For now, I’ll get back to sketching daily life as it ‘s played out in Peterborough, UK and wish you a wonderful year until we blog again (I’ve stopped even thinking I might blog at other times during the year). My original goal was to create a blog and I have and it gets used, for one month of the year at least.

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Y is for Years, 900 of them #AtoZchallenge

Y’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Years; yellow and you.

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There are so many years dating to many occasions in the 900 years since Peterborough Cathedral foundations were laid. This illustration is of the Holy Spirit Chapel in Peterborough where there are many years on memorial plaques to many who lost their lives in wars.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

X is for a Cross and Christmas (xmas) #AtoZchallenge

X’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: cross and xmas (Christmas)

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There was a Christmas fair in the nave last year and here’s one of the illustrations I did on the day also showing the cross (a bit loosly related to x I know..).

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

W is for West Front WOW #AtoZchallenge

W’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: West front; working; Wealth; Water; Wake; Worship; WOW; Weddings and Windows.

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The west front has the WOW factor. It gets me every time, whether it’s alone in the early morning or late evening or there’s hustle and bustle around and in front of it like this day during the heritage festival,  (the festival is 16-17 June this year). Peterborough Cathedral is a very busy place, with worship, work and WOW factor it has a draw that can’t always be described.

We can now say it’s 900 years since this building was started (it took 120 years to complete), I hope those around when it celebrates 900 years since the west front was consecrated enjoy being in it’s presence as much as I do now.

We’re getting to the end of my AtoZ of all things Peterborough Cathedral and I hope you’ve got a hint of the place. It’s not always thought of and yet, it’s got it’s place in history.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

V is for Vaulting #AtoZChallenge

V’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Vikings; VIII; Volunteers; Vaulting; Vaults; Vestry; Vestments and visions.

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When I say vaulting I mean Fan Vaulting. The new building in Peterborough cathedral is a very fine example of English Fan Vaulting and is a beautiful place to be. Although people went by as I drew this the angle meant I didn’t include them, I’ve delayed this post a day because I had planned to finish the illustration with my usual permanent marker. When I looked at the drawing again I felt the pencil lines were enough and it would be too harsh with strong black lines so here it is, I hope you like it. Obviously it doesn’t do the original structure justice by any means but hopefully you can get a hint of what it might be like and come visit one day.

And when I say ‘new building’ I mean it was the latest large structure to be built and we still call it the new building. Built around 1494-1509ish is not that old after-all when you consider there’s been buildings on this site since at least the 600’s.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

U is for Unusual #atozchallenge

U’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Upstairs; Underneath; Usual and Unusual.

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Lots of unusual things happen around the cathedral and sometimes my illustrations show a usual day in an unusual way which is what I’ve chosen to show you here. We’ve had some very hot days during this blog which are unusual and this reminded me of this illustration from a hot day a few years ago. It shows outside the cathedral in the cloisters one lunch time when many people were enjoying the beauty and quiet of cloisters.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

T is for Transept #atozchallenge

T’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: tombs; tapestries; towers; tracery; transept; Thomas Beckett.

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From the South Transept looking to the North Transept you can see some wonderful stained glass windows and maybe spot some people on a tower tour.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

S is for singing #AtoZchallenge

S’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: sexton; Scotland; spire; Saxwulf; Sanctuary; Sacristy; Spiritual; Sun; Service; Simon Magus; Soldiers; Singing; Scarlett; School; St’s; stained glass and spiral staircases.

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I popped into the cathedral wondering what S would be and the visiting choir was  practicing. I created this while they were singing.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

R is for Romanesque #AtoZchallenge

R’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Rebus; Rosetti; Relics; Robert Scarlett; Romans; Romanesque; rood screen and rules (Benedictine).

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There are many arches in Peterborough cathedral and the roundness of them is what distinguishes them as Norman or Romanesque as opposed to Gothic which are more pointed at the centre top. I’m not an architect but have enjoyed learning more about building design and love including the arches into my illustrations.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.

Q is for Queen #AtoZChallenge

Q’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Queens; Quiet; Quality and Questions.

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Katharine of Aragon was Queen of England and is buried in Peterborough Cathedral.

Peterborough, UK, is celebrating 900 years of the current Peterborough Cathedral building which is my 2018 A-Z theme. Rather than give you lots of information which you can get from the website, books or by visiting and having a wonderful guided tour I’ve provided a list of topics and an illustration of one of them.

This is one of hundreds of blogs doing this challenge. Take a look at what others are doing and support this AtoZ Blogging Challenge.