Well here we are again, are you sick of seeing Cathedrals yet? I think I was by the time we got to Salisbury Cathedral which is coming up in this post. It got me thinking though, how they are all the same yet somehow different. Little nuances of difference, like one will have a timber ceiling, some stone, some have painted details like Wells Cathedral below and some are very plain and austere.
Wells Cathedral surely captured my attention with it’s red and blue symmetrically painted ceilings, famous Wells Clock (which is considered to be the second oldest clock mechanism in Great Britain) and one of only four chained libraries in the UK which you must climb the circular stone staircase to visit.
In contrast we visited Salisbury Cathedral in the same day, home to The Magna Carta, the best preserved of only four original documents in existence. The Chapter House it was housed in was of far more interest to me as was the modern font added in 2008, allowing full immersion baptism it certainly demanded your attention standing in the very center of the aisle. The water reflects the different architectural features of the church as you make your way around all four spouts that overflow into bronze grates in the floor. You can read more about it here.
The grounds of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Bolyen, are a gardeners dream, I’m not a gardener but I could appreciate the man hours that went in to create these more than well manicured surroundings. The Castle itself is worth the entry if only to read about the history of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and Mother of Elizabeth I and how she lived and died.
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent is famous for its Pantiles, what’s a Pantiles? Yep I asked the same thing. It’s a Georgian colonnade which leads from the well that gave the town its name….Tunbridge Wells. It’s the largest town in the region of Kent and although we didn’t have much time to explore it we did meet up with a fellow “Troverite”, David and his lovely wife Sarah. We hit it off from the get go and we had quite a bit in common, although I’m sure we influenced David with our travel stories, Sorry Sarah!
Although I have no photos, I need to add another town, Tenterden in Kent, we stayed nearby in at a converted farmhouse AirBNB that I wished we could have stayed longer at for sure, Tenterden was my kinda town. Seonaid was the perfect host helping us above and beyond with Doctors. The accommodation was just perfect with a large (Australian) kingsize bed and great attention to detail. Click here if you are interested.
Poor Seonaid, I’m sure she thought
we Steve was quite mad dressed as the Queen recording a 21st message for Gemma to be played at her 21st Party the following evening in Perth. We op-shopped for a couple of weeks prior to the recording gathering his outfit and wrote the script whilst we were on the road one day…..surprisingly it took only one take! Quite impressive although I am quite disturbed at how comfortable he was….see for yourself here.