Continuing on directly from my last post, by the time I left the waterfront it was starting to spot with rain. By the time I hurriedly arrived at the cathedral it was raining hard. Luckily I have a good coat – stupidly I decided to leave it in the car, parked the other side of the city! I took five minutes to catch my breath and sort myself out. Most cathedrals I’ve discovered have a coffee shop, rather unusually here it is in the church and there are tables and chairs actually in the nave. I had a coffee whist taking in the scale, dried off and began my exploration!
The images in this post are on Ilford Delta 400, as I had half a roll in the camera to finish. I normally shoot a roll of XP2 while visiting a cathedral, and this was no exception, but that will follow!
It was built between 1904 and 1978. It’s the 5th largest (by volume) cathedral in the world. Largest in England, and is the largest Anglican cathedral in the world, although this is contested by the cathedral of St. John the Divine, in New York. Although that’s not finished! It is certainly the largest religious building in Britain. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, and if you think you’ve heard that name before – he also designed the iconic red telephone box!
It’s built of local dark sandstone, which rather like Chester, seems to change the vibe, at least for me. It is literally darker and in Liverpool’s case it’s lit by what appear to be sodium vapour lights, which seems to provide even more contrast. I have to say I’d prefer swapping them out with some nice white LED’s! That apart, as usual there is plenty to see.
There is more to come on the roll of XP2 – watch this space as they say!