SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
A peek inside Newcastle Cathedral
It’s now almost eight months since we’ve been able to regularly welcome anyone into the Cathedral. Project Manager, Lindy Gilliland, made a short film for a number of organisations interested in finding out more about the magnificent Quire and the Nave’s disarray during the capital works. We thought you might like to take a peek inside too whilst the Cathedral prepares for re-opening the Quire and East Chapels later this year.
One of the highlights of the Nave’s re-modelling will be the redisplay of our mystery guest, a little-known medieval Knight. This stone effigy, which dates to the early 1300s, currently lies peacefully in the south transept.
After a good vacuum and a light clean, the conservators hope to find fragments of original coloured paint pigments on the Knight’s heraldic shield. Such evidence might give us clues as to who he was in life. It’s unclear whether our Knight has always been a resident of St Nic’s, or whether perhaps an antiquarian purloined the top of his tomb from another city location.
Come and see what we find out when we launch our major ‘stories in the stones’ exhibition in summer 2021.