SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
A view from the Cathedral
James Thomas, the Cathedral’s Project Support Assistant, writes…
Since the beginning of this year, a whirlwind of exciting new activities has been taking place at the Cathedral. Among these activities, and something that I have been very closely involved with, is the removal of the pews, all of which have now found new homes and owners to enjoy and admire their rich heritage.
Upon removing the last few pews for transport earlier this month, I discovered some Roman numerals marked on the underside of the seats! So, to any lucky pew owners out there, it would be worthwhile taking a look under your pews for any similar markings.
Although the Cathedral has kept several historically important and meaningful pieces of furniture including some pews and decorative panels, most notably, we have retained the Mayoral Pew and repositioned it in the Eastern Chapels.
At first, the reality of being able to move the Mayoral pew, given its age, size and weight, gave us much to worry about! However, with invaluable help from Stephen Lamb and his father, who own a local joinery shop, we were able to transport this magnificent oak pew from the Nave, through the Quire, and finally to its permanent resting place, underneath our renowned Thornton Brass.
With regards to other notable happenings, some Cathedral volunteers have received training to enable them to offer guided tours, which would include sharing interesting tidbits on our stained glass windows collection, explaining about the incredible architecture in the Quire, and revealing some quirky, fun facts that are hidden in plain sight.
Volunteer-led Cathedral tours will also be extended to those visitors with strong constitutions who wish to climb the Cathedral’s Lantern Tower. Volunteer-led tower tours will include a visit to our fascinating bellringing chamber, offering a sneak peek at the intricacies of the Cathedral’s bells, before continuing to the top of the tower to witness breathtaking views over the city of Newcastle and beyond.
We are hopeful these tours will be a success and, given the current landscape we find ourselves in, we will keep you all posted as soon as we have any updates about them.