U is for Unusual #atozchallenge

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

Bench View No188

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.

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T is for Transept #atozchallenge

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

North transept

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.

P is for Pulpit #AtoZChallenge

P’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Penda; Paeda; Porch; Pulpit; Psalms; Prayers; Pancake Race; precincts; Presbytery; Peter; Paul; paintings and Pope.

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As I say, I illustrate what passes me by. On this occasion, when there was an event in the Nave, I had pencil in hand as one of the Canons decided to get a better view to take some pictures for his twitter account. He realised when he came round to see how I was getting on with my illustrations that he’d chosen the perfect time to do it as it meant he’s in my illustration too. A different use than the pulpit usually gets.

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.

O is for Once upon a time #AtoZchallenge

O’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Oswald; Old Scarlett; Ordination; Organ and Oil. I’ve gone for Once upon a time.

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There’s lots of stories told about the Cathedral and recently I was able to hear a few from a speaker who’s written a wonderful book on Peterborough Cathedral. There were a couple of beautiful working dogs in the audience which I couldn’t resist including.

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.

N is for Nave #AtoZChallenge

N’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: New building; Nene; Numbers; Norman; Northumbria and Nave.

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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.

M is for Mary Queen of Scots #AtoZchallenge

M’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Music; Monks, Martin – de – Bec; Market; Medehamstede; Marble; Masonic; monuments; Mary Queen of Scots; miserichords; Memorials; manuscripts; medieval ceiling; masons and Mission.

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Mary is no longer buried at Peterborough Cathedral having been moved to Westminster Cathedral by her son.  Regardless, since many people still like to visit where Mary was originally buried, the ‘former burial place of Mary Queen of Scots’ is clearly marked and gets many visitors each day. The day I drew this illustration was no different.

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.

L is for Lady chapel #AtoZchallenge

L’s linked to Peterborough Cathedral: Leviticus; Living; Lecturn; Luna; Lively; Lovely; Leaning; Learning; Lady chapel; Lonely Anzac; lozenges and library.

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There is no Lady Chapel, well no longer but we do talk about it and where it was. Back in around 1643 Cromwellian soldiers destroyed a lot of what they could reach in the Cathedral and the Lady Chapel was dismantled to repair it and to raise money for the restoration.

This illustration is drawn from the outside (on a very hot day during the heritage festival last year) and the wall beyond the tree in the middle is where the Lady Chapel was attached to the North Transept of main cathedral building. I like to imagine what it was like and what I’d probably be saying about it if it was still here. I think it’s important to remember those buildings no longer around and pass on the stories linked to them to keep the memories alive.

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