Just drink in that view, don't worry I'll do the leg work but I do hope you have a head for heights! It's a bit of a climb!
For those of you who can remember me climbing Peterborough Cathedral last year (my post is here) you can understand my eagerness to climb the other side of this fantastic historical building as soon as I could. Well, the time came, high vis jackets, hard hats, and of course suitable trousers and shoes were worn (Marilyn Munro moments would not be appropriate!) and the climb started. So, as you sit there with your hot coco, cupcake and snuggly slippers, let me show you the other side of the Cathedral taking care not to trip up on any workmen equipment along the way!
Yes, it's high but there are no ladders, thankfully. Little groups of stairs rise up to take you higher to show off the City spread out around this building.
We kept looking out towards Peterborough City with every level and the range of buildings that we could see in the distance.
But let's get to the main reason why I was up here again... the architecture!
The Cathedral is going through some quite extensive works at the moment to keep this building at its best, considering its age of nearly 900 years old! The gargoyles have gradually over time relinquished their looks, but this one is fortunate in not being exposed to so much of the elements at this height, compared to his neighbours.
Some of the stonework needs replacing and the patience of the stonemasons with this exact craft is evident. The damaged stone is removed, measured and the details are taken off site to experts in this field.
The new stone is carved to exact measurements and specifications...
... and then the work begins to reinstate the stone...
The colour will fade with time, but I admire the patience and dedication to replace these stones.
As we went up to each level, we could see more stone that had been replaced, but just being close to any of the stone at this high level was enough to make me smile.
The dummy towers that contain stone stairs inside that leads to who knows where.
Can you see them through the mesh? (the camera was not playing fair!).
Stone columns and lead glass windows greeted us at every turn of the scaffolding stairs.
Along with stonemason kit. I loved seeing things such as these dotted around.
I could go on and on with all the wonderful things I saw up here with the stone, BUT, the views - that's what you want to see isn't it now I am at the top?! I'll stop with the commentary and you can join Mr Badger in looking out over Peterborough City from between the turrets of Peterborough Cathedral (you can learn more about Mr Badger's visit with me from my post here and about Hygge here - he is on his way down to Essex now).
|Through the scaffolding across Cathedral Square, St John the Baptist and in the distance, Thorpe Hall|
On this side of the Cathedral sits the bell tower, with its louvered sides and protection from the elements.
I just managed to get my camera to pick up the outlines of two of the bells - no easy task I can tell you!
And so, with the bells tolling 4 o'clock, it was time to descend from this steel and wood maze.
A wonderful. leisurely trip and even though the weather had closed in, the views were still spectacular, and to walk around something so ancient and usually out of reach was made extra special. Especially when peering into one of the small windows to see the ancient windlass which is one of three in the country still in situ from when the Cathedral was built and the stone was winched by this into position.
No, I don't know who S Poegee is, other than someone who is about to celebrate a birthday! :)
And so, the descent began through the maze of tubes, boards and safety nets.
No matter how many times I see this building, it always surprises me with its beauty.
Thank you so much for visiting and leaving comments, I am gradually getting back into the swing of things and little Tia is getting to know us better so new routines are now in place. It takes a while doesn't it.
With my birthday next week I plan on taking it easy - even though the routines of my two teens being back at school and college and me in the full swing of work again will probably make sure I don't!!
Have a wonderful weekend and week ahead.