Thursday, April 13, 2017

Beverley Minster

A few miles north of Hull is the town of Beverley.

What is quite remarkable is that there has been a religious building on the same spot in Beverley since St John of Beverley founded a monastery there around 700 AD.

Work on the present church began around 1220, and took about 200 years to complete.
Beverley Minster became a mixture of Gothic styles with a splendid perpendicular Gothic nave.

We visited on Maundy Thursday a few  hours before the Holy Communion service.
In one chapel was a cross with just a carved out space instead of a body.
In the neighbouring Percy Chapel, above the magnificent Percy Tomb, is a flag that shows the decay of years.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hull - The Humber Bridge

We didn't manage to get tickets for the Height of the Reeds sound journey where people walk over the Humber Bridge with headphones. That seems to be at the weekends anyway, and was sold out during April.
Instead we drove from Hull and parked the car near the visitor centre at Hessle, then crossed the Humber Bridge towards Lincolnshire under a grey sky. The wind was strong particularly near the large towers.
After coffees in a pub called The Sloop, in Barton, we walked to a viewing point where there were reeds.
We then walked under the bridge on the Viking Way. 
The wind was still strong on the walk back over the Humber Bridge, but the sky had brightened and there was some sun. Lovely! No need to go round by Goole.

My wife remembered exploring Hessle Foreshore in the sixties, and picking up bits of pottery. That was before the bridge was properly planned. Back then they sang ...

"Will they ever bridge the Humber? Will they ever span it o'er?
Is it always an exception to the rule?
Is it such a privilege to have a Humber Bridge?
Do we have to keep on going round by Goole?"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hull - Real and Surprising Flowers

During 2017 Hull is the UK City of Culture. The Queens Gardens in Hull is full of real flowers. Not all the flowers on display elsewhere are real ...
Daffodils in King Edward Square are made of lego bricks,
and from a window in the tower of the Maritime Museum cascade ceramic poppies.