tile signing at Gloucester Cathedral

August 3, 2013 at 2:25 pm 3 comments

It would be easy to take an iconic location like Gloucester Cathedral for granted being able to catch sight of the tower from wherever we are in the City most days.   Since we’ve had E we appreciate more than ever open access to such an amazing, welcoming space which has seen him sleep, crawl, walk and now run around.  It’s blissfully cool on hot days and a dry refuge on wet ones and as well as visiting with E I take at least one lunch break from work in the cloisters garden every week.Cathedral public side during sculpture exhibition
We’ve attended some memorable ‘once in a lifetime‘ events at the Cathedral such as the Crucible Sculpture Exhibition in 2010 when Eduardo Paolozzi’s 15 foot ‘Vulcan‘ stood at the public entrance.  The scaffolding you can see in the background is still there as the Cathedral’s stonemasons complete the final stages of 15 years work restoring the South Aisle.  When the project is completed at the end of this year it will be the first time in living memory the Cathedral will be entirely free of scaffolding.  18-7-13 - Cathedral tile signing_Nic and E 4B
As part of the final stage of repairs to the leaky South Aisle roof the Dean of Gloucester invited people to make a donation of £10 to sign roof tiles to replace those removed from the crumbling 60 year old roof.  It’s not every day an opportunity to become part of the fabric of an ancient monument comes knocking.18-7-13 - Cathedral tile signing_E 4B
Like centuries of craftsmen before me I added my name to the back of a recycled roof tile using a wax crayon. The uneven surface of the stone tile made it tricky to do anything more than scratch out our names but I was pleased we managed to fit all 3 of ours alongside ‘Winnie 1917-2013‘ in memory of my nan.  I wonder how different life in Gloucester will be by the time the roof is replaced again and the crayon signed tiles are revealed to a new generation of craftsmen and visitors.18-7-13 - Cathedral tile signing_our tile 4B

Entry filed under: away from the plot, Gloucestershire.

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  • 1. whirlingstone  |  August 3, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Love this post Nic, and I share your love of the Cathedral. Can’t believe it will be scaffolding free by the end of the year! x

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  • 2. Johanna GGG  |  August 4, 2013 at 5:13 am

    what a beautiful place to have near you and how lovely that this means you can look for your piece of it when you look at it now – am sure it will be even more special

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  • […] she sighs a little too when she reads about our quiet adventures away from it all at places like this and this in our amazing-in-its-own-small-way City.   I thought of Mog and Ern today as another […]

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