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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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511 of 525  Tue 1st Jun 2021 10:21am  
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Two yeses from me, Prof. Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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512 of 525  Fri 11th Jun 2021 11:36pm  
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The spire seems to soar even higher in this fine view.
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Prof
Gloucester
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513 of 525  Thu 8th Jul 2021 9:24am  
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Somehow, to me, this seems more poignant after the raid.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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514 of 525  Mon 29th Nov 2021 1:52pm  
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The building of Coventry's cathedral must have been a beautiful sight, the whole of the region, a wonderland for the lovers of the outdoors. The river running through the city, its tributaries between the small hills, the abundant wildlife, small forests, local meadows full of wild flowers, horses straining with great loads of logs for scaffolding, the last few yards, the teams of great shire horses straining against the chains and ropes to pull the logs uphill. People would stop work and gaze at the creation in their sight. The masters of stonemasons, along with William Botoner and his brother Adam, the walls amidst a forest of scaffolding. Around lay many unsquared stones brought from the quarry, rough, piled tier on tier, others placed on the bankers being turned out by skilful craftsmen, only part finished. Whenever there was a stiff breeze, the workmen clinging, clasping every ladder or pole, none too tightly tied, the building swayed with breeze. The building rose higher and higher until it rose to the cup stone. Here a kind of box, planked at the bottom and sides, had been constructed on the scaffolding for the safety of the workmen, whilst finishing the top of the spire, and setting the weathercock, of great weight, and golden plumage. It truly was a wonderful sight.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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515 of 525  Fri 21st Jan 2022 10:56am  
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I don't know if this is in the area you are looking at, if not move it to St Michaels topic, Helen, it is from a 1950's book, Warwickshire by Tudor Edwards
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Helen F
Warrington
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516 of 525  Fri 21st Jan 2022 11:09am  
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Not quite the same area Anne but close. New Street was to the right of the camera but the other picture was taken from the other side of that road.
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scrutiny
coventry
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517 of 525  Fri 21st Jan 2022 11:15am  
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Is that the ground where the Herbert is? Wave
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Helen F
Warrington
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518 of 525  Fri 21st Jan 2022 11:19am  
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The road was widened and there's a forecourt and steps but I think that the camera is roughly where the door to the Herbert is now.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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519 of 525  Mon 21st Feb 2022 1:54pm  
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Philip, you will like these. Some excellent images and info turned up recently via FB. Thomas Swarbrick built one of his largest organs in 1733, to complement the one in Holy Trinity of the previous year. It was presumably in the west gallery. and contained three string stops as a novelty. which were removed in 1763. Rebuilt by J.C. Bishop in 1835 for £534 and moved to an east gallery. The early photograph shows it on a platform at the west end, to which it was moved in 1849. Dismantled and stored in 1885 for a church restoration, but a new organ was built by Willis in 1887 for £1760. Much of it came from the organ exhibited by Willis at the Inventions Exhibition of 1885, though some pipework went to Canterbury. Herbert Brewer had been appointed organist the previous year.There was Barker lever action to Great and Swell and tubular pneumatic to pedal. It possessed 14 thumb pistons and Swell sub and super octave couplers. Despite all this it was hand blown for about twenty years. In 1911 J.C. Lee of Coventry overhauled the organ, and added Swell strings, two more Great diapasons three prepared-for stops and a few other things, for £700. In 1918 St Michael's (one of the three or four largest parish churches in England) became the Cathedral, and the organ remained unaltered until destroyed by bombing in 1940.
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Helen F
Warrington
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520 of 525  Mon 21st Feb 2022 3:54pm  
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Nice pics, Neil. Double thumbs up There are a lot of images looking at the apse but only a few looking to the west. Here's a nice zoomable one with the organ.
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Prof
Gloucester
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521 of 525  Thu 17th Mar 2022 10:03pm  
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Prof
Gloucester
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522 of 525  Mon 2nd May 2022 11:19pm  
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St Michael's stained glass.
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Davey
Coventry
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523 of 525  Tue 3rd May 2022 9:55am  
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This collection of faces caught my attention because they appear to have been painted by the same hand. I found this on Google.
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Helen F
Warrington
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524 of 525  Tue 3rd May 2022 10:02am  
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There is supposed to be a group at a university that are trying to make sense of the glass from St Michael's. They have an uphill struggle because the medieval glass was already jumbled before the glass was removed to protect it during the war. The faces are delightfully varied and very human, rather than the idealised, saintly versions from Victorian windows.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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525 of 525  Tue 3rd May 2022 11:00am  
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Here’s a link to a webpage about the conservation of the stained glass Thumbs up
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