Gloucester crypt tour
It was nice to have a tour; I was one of six people. As far as crypts go, this one is pretty stark with none of the creepy atmosphere of many crypts I have been in previously. It may be because Gloucester is built over a swamp and they couldn't dig too deep as it fills with water down there at times. The columns, piers and arches are massive in the Norman style. However, it was pointed out that the arches are too wide to adequately support the root and there is always danger inherent in the whole Cathedral structure. Also, if the swamp dries out with the clay soil, the architectural elements such as the roof, walls, etc. would sink and destroy the integrity of the building causing its collapse.
I took my time after the tour to wander around the cathedral, circled the side aisles a couple of times and somehow couldn't find the exit/entrance I had come in. I gave up and left at the door nearest to the gift shop. It's not too claustrophobic in the crypt since it does have small arched windows because the inability to dig down too far. During WWII, half of the original Medieval stained glass window was brought down to the crypt along with the burial coffin of either Edward II or the eldest son of William the Conqueror. A very top secret wooden container was placed next to the coffin and no one knew about its contents until after the war when it was revealed that it held the 14th century Coronation Chair of the King's of England - the white rock you see under the seat is called the stone of destiny.
If anyone has any suggestions for a bronze, please email me. I could make a bronze Egyptian cat but was thinking a Greek crouching Aphrodite or Athena would be nice.