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Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle) St Nicholas: Gothic Cathedral

Posted in NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , on August 10, 2009 by echostains

St Nicholas Cathedral  Newcastle upon Tyne is a lovely little gem of a cathedral!  St Nicholas was the patron saint of  boats and sailors.  Built in 1291, it was burnt to the ground in 1216 and rebuilt in 1359.  It  finally became a cathedral in 1882.  The style is Gothic.

St Nicholas cathedral

St Nicholas cathedral

 

The stained glass in the cathedral is absolutely beautiful and the ornate carvings pay homage to the craftsmanship that must have been around in past times.

stained glass st nicholas

stained glass st nicholas

Memorials include Trafalgar hero Admiral Lord Collingwood and a effigy of a unknown knight from the 13th century.

Lord Admiral Collingwood Memorial

Lord Admiral Collingwood Memorial

The atmosphere of the cathedral is a very tranquil one.  The cafeteria and shop are full of the smell of home made food and thoughtful souvenirs: a happy environment.

St Nicholas lantern spire

St Nicholas lantern spire

 

The cathedral has a most unusual spire.  It is called a Lantern spire and is the first one I have ever seen, and was constructed in 1448.

st nicholas  small but beautifully formed

st nicholas small but beautifully formed

The 12 bells in the tower are VERY loud when they are rung and they are rung daily to welcome people to the  church service.

st nicholas tranquility

st nicholas tranquility

Take a virtual tour of this interesting building HERE

Some fabulous pictures of the cathedral’s stained glass, which is notoriously difficult to photograph, HERE

More Newcastle trip posts;

Out and about

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

 

Happy Christmas one and all!

Posted in CHRISTMAS, HOME with tags , , , on December 25, 2008 by echostains

Thought I’d just write a quick Happy Christmas to anyone who may be reading, hope you are all having a happy day like me!

stained glass nativity scene

stained glass nativity scene

 

Buy one; get another, then another until eventually you get the Sir John Soane’s Museum

Posted in LONDON (JAUNTS), Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by echostains
Facade of Sir John Soane's museum London

Facade of Sir John Soane’s museum London

What a remarkable place!   What a remarkable man, son of a Bricklayer (b. 1753) Sir John Soane, Architect turned out to be!

 

A Rakes Progress The Rake taking possession of his estate 1734

A Rakes Progress The Rake taking possession of his estate 1734

There are also drawings, prints, furniture, clocks and of course books … the list is endless!  What a great time Soane must have had collecting them all.  He was continually building on and altering  his house in order to accommodate this collection.  The place must have been in a perpetual flux, forever changing.

 

 

 

Sir John Soane's Museum and Library

Sir John Soane’s Museum and Library

Soane wanted to preserve his collection to inform and educate students and amateurs.  He negotiated an Act of Parliament in 1833 to preserve his house and collection to benefit others.  This Act came into being when Soane died in 1837.  The public were encouraged to ‘consult, inspect and benefit’ from these collections and they do.

  Minimal changes have been made to the collections layout.  Each Curator has tried to maintain Soane’s wishes regarding Soane’s arrangements.

Amongst the truly impressive is the giant sarcophagus of Seti 1  c. 1370BC

 

John Soane Sarcophagus room in 1864

John Soane Sarcophagus room in 1864

 

 

and one my Favourite Goddess incarnations: Diana of Ephesus Turkey.

 

Diana of Ephesus

Diana of Ephesus

 I went to Ephesus in Turkey last year: an amazing place: like stepping back into biblical times.

 

Ephesus Turkey

Ephesus Turkey

 

 An exhibition of the Adam Brothers drawings of the Grand Tour (Rome).  These drawings are exquisite, showing meticulous draughtsmanship.  The exhibition runs until 14 February 2009.

 

Adam  brothers Grand  Tour

Adam brothers Grand Tour

The paintings, including the ‘Soane’s Hogarth’s’ read like a National Gallery Guidebook.  Turner, Canaletto, Reynolds, Fuseli, amongst many. 

 

John Soane's Dining Room with portrait

John Soane’s Dining Room with portrait

The actual atmosphere in the house is very tangent In some rooms, almost as if a past inhabitant has just left the room.  Perhaps life goes on as before and Sir John flits about stroking and arranging his collection when the house has been cleared of visitors and shut up for the night.  All those antique influences vibrating as one invisible breath, calling through time ‘Please Visit us!’