Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Inside Derby Cathedral 1

Derby Cathedral is not grand in the sense that somewhere like Wells is grand, or Ely or Salisbury or, for that matter, York Minster or Liverpool. Nor does it have a rather good fudge shop just down the road! But it is cool and spacious, has an air of reverence and contains a few rather impressive features.

The feature which most impresses me is the wrought iron rood screen which separates the nave (the main body of the church) from the chancel (the space around the altar at the east end of a traditional Christian church building). This particular wrought iron rood screen was made by the Derby smith Robert Bakewell (1682 - 1752), who also made the gates at the west door. The screen is beautifully ornate, but I do wonder who it is that has to climb up to light the many candles.

In 1706, Bakewell started working at Melbourne Hall for Thomas Coke and in the gardens at the hall, there is a wrought iron arbour created by him. It is known locally as 'the Birdcage' and is visible in the bottom centre of this photo.

(Thanks to Lisa for the photo)

PS: Parent Peregrines are wide awake and watching over their newly hatched chicks.

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