This is just an experimental post as I’m trying to sort out our new computer before it sorts me out! Parts of the computer are brilliant like the pictures on the screen they are amazing but understanding how it all works is rather baffling!
Anyway we had to drive to Hereford today to collect a new radiator for an old car…don’t ask!
It is now October 6th and I have taken this long to find out how to put this picture of a bull into this post! As I’ve experienced being close to a bull in walks lately this bull in the centre of Hereford was magnificent and safe to walk round!
We visited the Old House in the centre of Hereford which is an historic and distinctive black and white half-timbered house built in 1621.
Hereford Cathedral, a superb Norman cathedral on a Saxon foundation, dating from 1079. was the next awe inspiring place to see . We headed towards the area of the cathedral that houses the Mappa Mundi, a mediaeval map of the world dating from the 13th century. The information boards and explanations about the map were excellent and before long we entered the dimly lit room to see the map itself.
The photo is a copy of the map and it was fascinating to find St Davids in Wales marked with other towns and of course no North or South America.
Hereford Cathedral is home to the Hereford Mappa Mundi, one of the world’s unique medieval treasures. Measuring 1.59 x 1.34 metres (5’2” by 4’4”), the map is constructed on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin). Scholars believe it was made around the year 1300 and shows the history, geography and destiny of humanity as it was understood in Christian Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
The inhabited part of the world as it was known then, roughly equivalent to Europe, Asia and North Africa, is mapped within a Christian framework. Jerusalem is in the centre, and East is at the top. East, where the sun rises, was where medieval Christians looked for the second coming of Christ. The British Isles is at the bottom on the left. ‘copied from : themappamundi.co.uk
The Chained Library is also found in the cathedral and it was wonderful just to be able to walk through and see all these chained books in rows and finding out how ancient many of them were. The spines are not facing outwards as they could tangle up the chains holding the books in place.
‘The Hereford Cathedral Chained Library is the largest surviving chained library in the world. In the early 17th century, chained libraries could be found in universities and cathedrals, but this is the only one still to be chained. It contains about 1,500 books, dating from around 800AD to the early 19th century, including 227 medieval manuscript books. The books are still read by scholars who come from all over the world to study them.’ copied from the mappamumdi.co.uk
We were interested in seeing where the proposed new stained glass window to celebrate the SAS will be placed.
‘To honour and celebrate this relationship, the SAS Regimental Association has commissioned artist John Maine RA to create an inspirational new sculpture and stained-glass window for Hereford Cathedral, which will be installed over the winter and unveiled in April 2017.
The installation will be called Ascension and will be a focus for reflection, pilgrimage and worship. It will act as a memorial and tribute to all who serve in and support the SAS – past, present and future – along with their families and friends. Ascension will also provide a spiritual place for reflection for all visitors to the cathedral, where people can reflect on their own lives and look forward with hope.
Ascension is one of the most important pieces of new cathedral art in the world. Its bold colours, striking stonework and thought-provoking message will be a breathtaking addition to the cathedral, marking the historic and modern link between Hereford and the SAS.’
A great day out visiting a vibrant city and only one and a half hours drive away.
As I explained at the start of this post I am trying to learn how to use our new computer. This post has taken me days but I have found a way ( probably not the correct way) to put photos on the post and I have found how to open other sites whilst on WordPress e.g. Wikipedia but I can’t add a website address yet! That’s for next time! New computer is part of birthday present for special birthday …so please be patient as I’m not as young as I used to be!!