Welcome to the cathedral city of Chichester
Let’s go inside the cathedral
This is the Arundel Tomb immortalised by Philip Larkin in his poem An Arundel Tomb. Notice that the knight is in full regalia and holding his wife’s hand, a first apparently to depict a knight in full armour thus posed.
This is a display of the work of Frieda Hughes who painted one picture every day for 400 days, according to her mood, more information here.
Frieda is the daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, and her paintings are accompanied by her own poetry. It was a fascinating exhibition.
Now this is part of the St Richard of Chichester Embroideries
This is called the Piper Tapestry, most dramatic don’t you think.
Fabulous stained glass windows too. But what gave me the greatest surprise was this
Roman mosaic. Now there is no information about this in the cathedral, it is just there beneath a glass panel on the floor. I asked an attendant about it. She seemed surprised I wanted to know or had even look at it.” Oh “,she said breezily, “there are lots of Roman remains all over Chichester, this is nothing special!” Well I thought it was.
I do so hope you enjoyed my visit to Chichester Cathedral. After this we wandered into town for refreshments and then back to the cottage for a rest. Frankly after a wedding and all our sight-seeing we were a tad tired. It took about three days back home to regain our normal energy levels, which are pretty sloth like at the best of times.