Still with me? Good for you, because this is a big one. Well, it’s not all that exciting really, I just got carried away when taking pictures inside Hereford Cathedral and they deserve posting.
Anyway, slight digression. This was from a day trip I decided to take to Hereford on one of the days it looked as though I would get wet walking in the hills. Basically, it was a decision whether to go left to Abergavenny at the end of the road to my home village, or to go right to Hereford. Looking on my super duper smartphone (that got signal only from the main road on, thank you Orange) I saw there was also a Cider Museum in Hereford. Mmmm, cider. Hereford it was then. I would have probably reconsidered if I knew what a blooming nightmare the one way system was in the City. Thankfully, the museum (www.cidermuseum.co.uk) was outside the centre…a very interesting and educational place with an awful lot about the history of what is treated as an art in Somerset and the South West. It also smelt lovely! No Smell-O-Vision for these pictures though I’m afraid…
I had my elbows tucked in very tightly for this picture; the sound of breaking glass would have been awesome though! Some poor sucker has to come down here every so often to turn the bottles to stop sediment ruining the cider. I feel a claim for RSI coming on….
Ever driven past where you want to go but been unable to get there due to stupid routes? That happened to me…a lot. Finally, I alighted in a fairly cheap multi storey and search for a Costa or something only to be hounded by “chuggers” (charity muggers for those of you unfamiliar with the term) which I ignored to the best of my ability. I eventually found a coffee shop and remarked on the abysmal road planning; the waiter looked at me and said “yeah, we get that a lot…be grateful it’s not Summer and you don’t live here”. Touche!
Once I had drunk my coffee, went for a bit of a wander. Hereford is much like any other city I guess…many charity shops liberally sprinkled with branches of Greggs and cheap clothing stores. Mind you, there is a fair amount of history there, as shown by a Tudor building which is slap bang in the middle of the main square. Looks quite bizarre I tell you, but very pleasant none the less.
More imposing is the cathedral (www.herefordcathedral.org) up by the Wye river; I like cathedrals mainly for the architecture in most cases, as I am not exactly a religious man. I tend to take the view that you should try to be as good as you can and do a good deed every so often…why this needs me to stand in an unheated stone building every week is beyond me. But hey, each to their own and I don’t wish to denigrate.
Thankfully, I was able to stand at an angle which cut out the two drunks sat by the gate slowly dulling their senses with White Lightning. I guess some things never change, as I’m sure a similar happened many hundreds of years ago, seeing the building was established in 1079. Those gates have seen their share of beggars I suspect….
Inside, the decoration is most impressive. I always give a donation for taking pictures in places like this and frankly when all the stonework starts to fall apart, they are going to need it! However, that is me being cynical, it was a lovely place to walk around and deceptively large inside.
Most impressive was the ceiling though; when you next go into a cathedral (as per my pictures from Rome too), you really should take the time to look up….
Well, there’s my whistle-stop tour of Hereford. If anyone ends up there for a break or a day, I heartily recommend the coffee at Diegos on Bridge Street not too far from the cathedral (www.diegoscafe.co.uk) as it was proper stuff, not the freeze-dried rubbish!
Thanks for reading….next post will be about the Wye Valley and it’s a pretty one, so stay tuned. See you all soon.