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Monday, August 20, 2007

Lichfield

A day trip with the folks to Lichfield today, mainly to have a look round the cathedral. If you've never been it's worth a visit, to admire the pseudo-gothic architecture scarred by the civil war and blackened by the industrial revolution.

The West End of the three-spired cathedral is covered in statues of the great and the good of Christendom. There, lurking in the porch of the big main door, guarding the entrance, is a four foot tall effigy of St Matthias. Opposite him is St Barnabas. I've always found it a quirky coincidence, considering the church I was raised in was Barnabas, that his statue is positioned directly opposite my saintly namesake.

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