We've been away this week celebrating my birthday. We had two days in Whitby, then moved on to Lincoln. I've selected five things from Lincoln Cathedral so I can take part in Amy's Five on Friday. Click on the block at the bottom of this post to see what others are offering.
First up, let me revisit something I already covered in the Friday Fives - the Green Man. Lincoln has several, if you look hard, but one of the most intriguing is this one, carefully concealed within the foliage decorating an archway.
He's been helpfully lit up by cathedral authorities to make him easier to spot.
This rather magnificent window is called the Bishop's Eye.
It contains medieval glass. It was one of two windows added to the cathedral in the late middle ages but was reconstructed in 1330.
In the north east corner of the building stands the magnificent octagonal chapter house. This is the central pillar, leading to the vaulting. I just find it beautiful and my photo doesn't begin to show you the majesty of the room.
Captain Matthew Flinders, the English navigator and cartographer, was the first to circumnavigate Australia and identify it as a continent. He was born in Donington near Spalding, Lincolnshire, and named several places on the south coast of Australia after towns and villages in his native county.
He is commemorated with a number of items in the Navy chapel at Lincoln Cathedral, including this bronze of him and his cat. It's a maquette for a larger sculpture that stands on the concourse outside Euston Station in London.
And finally, I couldn't leave without a photo of this guy:
He is, of course, the Lincoln Imp. The story goes that many years ago an imp flew into Lincoln Cathedral to admire the Angel Choir. He settled on to a pillar top to look at his surroundings and was so overcome by the beauty that he forgot he should be home before dawn. And with the sunrise he was turned to stone. You can still see him there today.
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