Dear Don: Offing North…

northern skyDear Don,

I haven’t been north for so long I am getting withdrawal symptoms. Can’t wait! Though of course, the weather might put a bit of a downer on our plans if the snow keeps up.

We should at least be able to get to see the Saxon stuff we’ve been waiting to see.

Chester is do-able, so I will finally get to see the places you have been telling me about, as well as Werburgh’s shrine in the Cathedral. You know it was Æthelfleda…another one of our Sisters of Mercia… who is said to have turned the early church there into a college?

Her church was lost, of course; razed to the ground in 1090AD, but there is a lot of the subsequent church from 1093AD still extant. Even if it did get the obligatory Victorian facelift from our old friend George Gilbert Scott.

stowe 042Doing a bit of research it seems you will have a field day with the geometries, particularly the floor of the Lady Chapel, by the looks of things. It does make you wonder how much of the symbolic language of sacred art we have lost over the centuries. I know a lot of it is still out there and available for research… like the stained glass lady we found at St Thomas’s that day who knew such a lot about the abstract designs. The one who told us about the Heaven’s Gate windows high in the wall above the altar.

Continue reading at France and Vincent

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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