Essex days ; Chelmsford Cathedral

by Veronica

St Cedd returned Christianity to East Anglia in England during the 7th C. This lovely old parish church in Chelmsford, Essex became a Cathedral in 1914. Look inside!

The church was built long after St Cedd arrived. It is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and was built over eight hundred years ago. Parts of it were rebuilt in the 15th and early 16th centuries. The church has a tower and the South Porch was extended after World War 2 as a tribute to American Airmen who served Essex so well during the War.

I spent a lovely half day in Chelmsford during my stay and the Cathedral is a must. 2 years ago, my oldest son proposed, down on one knee, to his lovely wife in the grounds of this beautiful place. What a location!

This is a soothing and peaceful place of worship.

Photos are all my own

The Exterior walls
The Exterior walls

SOURCE MATERIAL USED . c/o Chelmsford Cathedral pocket guide , with thanks.

 

The exterior walls are a mixture of pebbles, stones, brick and flint . Very unusual but rather attractive. There is a weather vane but I couldn't catch it on picture. It was about 90 feet up.  St Peter's Church,  Bradwell, Essex  is considered to be the first church in the area as it was the first church built by St Cedd when he arrived in Essex. It is still there too.

Old  building materials are the best!

An ancient door and window

At the West End
Ancient door
Ancient door
Arched window above the door
Arched window above the door

Look inside

The nave ceiling is beautiful.
The nave ceiling is beautiful.

The Ceiling

This ceiling was rebuilt in the 19th C after it collapsed during renovations.

The chancel

The 13th C chancel was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th C . The chancel is an early part of the restoration.

The chancel from the West End
The chancel from the West End
Icons of Our Lady, St Cedd and others
Icons of Our Lady, St Cedd and others

Stained glass windows

There are some stunning stained- glass windows. One of them in the North East Corner is called the  "Tree of Life"  window by Mark Cazalet and below it is a Crucifix by Helen McIldowie- Jenkins - beautiful work and tastefully done. The window is massive.

I loved the coloured glass windows. The work involved in making these must be enormous.

The Tree of Life Window
The Tree of Life Window
stained glass window
stained glass window
stained glass window
stained glass window

Cross and lights

This was so beautiful. People light tea lights and place them around this lovely Cross.

A memorial cross with tea lights
A memorial cross with tea lights

America

American tribute

American thanks window
American thanks window

Quote from window

"To the glory of God and in gratitude for tasks and friendship shared by the people of Essex with the United States Airforce between 1942 and 1945. This porch was enriched and beautified by Essex friends of the American people in 1955"

 

What an amazing tribute to the USA !  Very humbling ; What is left to be said!

America in stone
America in stone
Updated: 08/11/2016, Veronica
 
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Veronica on 08/15/2016

there are some sad people in the world

frankbeswick on 08/14/2016

In my teaching career I only met anti-Catholic sentiment from a lapsed Catholic, but I remember that at one college anti-Irish racist talk in the staff room ceased when the instigator of the racist comments pointedly told the room, "Here is a man with Irish blood." No more need be said.

Veronica on 08/14/2016

I am going to Belfast for a holiday in two weeks ; I'll let you know.

Veronica on 08/14/2016

England has undercurrents of anti Catholicism. In N. Ireland they don't bother to hide it.

Veronica on 08/14/2016

Great background BSG. TY .

I worked in a school 35 years ago where the deputy told me that if she became headteacher she wouldn't have a catholic working for her. In other words, I would be out.

frankbeswick on 08/14/2016

In Northern Ireland it was a poisonous mixture of race and religion, for the Catholics were substantially Irish descent and the Protestants of British descent. The situation was mixed up with a legacy of injustice against the Irish Catholics. But the situation has greatly improved and we now have great hope for the future in the province, which is making great strides forward. I would not anticipate receiving any rudeness from a Protestant and never have had any.

blackspanielgallery on 08/14/2016

I am aware, since it made the news often in years gone by, of the problems some years back in Northern Ireland. I recall the riots, and the IRA, and how the news reported neighborhoods were Catholic or Protestant. I suspect it involved English occupation of part of Ireland and splitting Ireland in two, and religion was brought in as it often is. I thought that was all history by now, and the undercurrents gone. Perhaps one day it will be.

frankbeswick on 08/13/2016

Anti-Catholicism is an undercurrent in England, but it never comes from the Church of England, which is a lovely,tolerant organization. The problem comes with militant secularists, who hate the Catholic Church. Anti-Irishness was linked to anti-Catholicism, but that is dying out, as there are so many of us who are part Irish, including me and Veronica.

blackspanielgallery on 08/13/2016

Louisiana is free of such religious discrimination against Catholics, for the most part. It was settled by the French, went to Spanish rule, than back to France before being purchased by the United States in 1803, and both Spain and France were Roman Catholic, so there are quite a few of us here. Later a wave of Italians arrived. They were also Catholic. There are always individuals with biases, but not that many.
The colonies that broke with England were in some cases founded with different religions, and some had religious freedom. It is as though, and probably what did happen, England sent Catholics, Quakers, Puritans, and so on in a purge. Some colonies had leaders who opened a colony for a particular religion to be allowed to exist. Maryland, and at least one other, were populated with Catholics. Yet in some areas WASP (white Anglo-Saxon Protestant) is still significant but not here.

Veronica on 08/13/2016

Roman catholic emancipation in England was only as far back as 1829 and there are still some pockets of discontent over it.


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