A visit to Gloucester Cathedral

Gordon was off to B & Q on Tuesday so I was left to my own devices in Gloucester. I had around an hour or so and decided to fill the time revisiting the cathedral.

GloucesterCathedralThere are quite a few tombs, the most interesting being the tomb of Edward II, deposed by his wife Isabella along with her lover Sir Roger Mortimer in 1327. It is roumored that he was murdered by the insertion of a red hot poker in the anus although this dramatic version of his death is being disputed. It’s now being suggested by some that he survived his captivity and lived out his days in exile in Lombardy – a much more pleasant version of the tale.

 

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Tomb of Edward II

There’s also the tomb of Robert Curthose (his nickname being an apparent reference to his short stature) which is fashioned out of bog oak. He was the eldest son of William the Conqueror and should have succeeded to the throne of England but never did. He fell out with his brothers (who were said to have thrown a full chamber pot over him) and his father (whom he felt did not punish his brothers for the chamber pot incident) and was cut out of the succession in favour of his younger brother William Rufus. I’m not sure why he’s in this odd position on his tomb but it looks somewhat uncomfortable!

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Tomb of Robert Curthose – eldest son of William the Conqueror

One of the most delightful aspects of the cathedral is the fan vaulted cloisters, used in the Harry Potter film The Sorcerer’s Stone as the Gryffindor Dorm.

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The Lavatorium in Gloucester Cathedral’s Cloisters. You can imagine the monks filing down here for a wash on a chilly morning.

Of course, in common with all the cathedrals I’ve visited so far there is some stunning stained glass.

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The East Window still boasts much of the original medieval stained glass. It’s said to be as large as a tennis court

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The West Window, reglazed by William Wailes in 1859

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West Window Detail

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Victorian glazed panel in the South Aisle

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Part of an 1868 panel from the Lavatorium depicting the Creation

I don’t think I managed to pay attention to half of what there was to see but it passed an extremely agreeable hour or so before I had to leave to meet Gordon in The New Inn. This is an incredible building – possibly the best preserved medieval courtyard inn in the country. It would also be a very pleasant pub, if it wasn’t for some exceedingly loud music!

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