Last weekend we went up to County Durham. This is a beautiful part of the UK that is often overlooked. I guess the one part of it that people are most likely to have heard of is Durham Cathedral. Consistently voted Britain’s favourite building, it is easy to see why. It’s such an impressive structure.
My favourite parts are the pillars inside that hold up the huge roof. Rather than being your typical uniform type they are decorated with geometric patterns. At this point an accomplished blogger would insert some photos of said pillars, but unfortunately you need permit to take photos inside, and they only grant these for educational purposes, and require proof of intentions. I did however take a photo of one of the doors in the cloister. I loved the detail of the ironwork.
The ironwork on an ancient wooden door
When we first arrived there we couldn’t actually walk around the main part of the cathedral because a couple were getting married*. So instead we went for tea and cake in the cafe with is housed with the gift shop in the vaults. Right between the two they had a great project underway. For the price of £1 you can add a Lego brick to a model that they are making of the cathedral. I think this is a clever way to get people to donate.
A 1/3 built mini Durham Cathedral in Lego
They have been at it for nearly a year and they have so far used 75,000 bricks; the final model will take over 300,000. After our tea we headed back to the nave where the wedding was finishing up and the huge organ was playing Mendelssohn’s Wedding March. I guess that’s why they picked there to get married, where else can you hear that tune played on such a massive organ reverberating round such a volume of space?
They have nice knockers up north…..
* You can only get married here if you have genuine links to the cathedral