An extraordinary building. We went with friends who live in the town so there was no issue over entry charges, which is an issue with many reviewers. The sheer size of the building, and the complexity that must have been involved in planning and then building it, is mind boggling. The painted roof panels in the nave are a monument to man's ingenuity and imagination, and the stained glass is magnificent. Many memorials to past Bishops and other members of the Cathedral community from the past 1000 years gave a sense of continuity. The Lady Chapel is an extraordinary place, clear glass and an amazing sense of light and space, and a thoroughly horrible and inappropriate modern statue of Mary as a blonde-tressed Anglo Saxon striding forth..
The building also makes concrete a different age of faith. It is ironic that only a few paces away is the house of Oliver Cromwell, who very nearly had the Cathedral demolished by order of Parliament.
The day we went there was a major choir festival with upward of 150 singers taking part, and a full episcopal procession. Very impressive as the rising voices of the choirs filled the space.
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