Cathedral and Cutlers. 24th February


Tea in bed with the Saturday papers as the sun shone across the basin another lovely day ahead, so as soon as we were up the washing machine was put to use again.
A walk into town to get some new jeans and have a look around. More pouches of free dry cat food were obtained, then Mick purchased a pair of water repellent jeans from M&S. If they are good I might get myself a pair too.
The south facade of Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral is one place we’ve not visited before, or even taken much notice of. For such a large city I’d expected a larger building, as in height, but instead it seems to have expanded side ways rather than upwards through the years.
To the west end there has been added a 20th Century extension, before we went inside we wondered if this was due to bomb damage in WW2, but inside we learnt the history of the building.
Originally a Parish Church it was elevated to Cathedral status in 1914. With this in mind Charles Nicholson drafted plans to extend the church and re-orientate it on it’s axis, but WW2  got in the way and the plans were greatly scaled down.
Old and new 
The star shaped lantern

Entering from the South through the 1966 addition, you are brought in to a great view of the modern lantern tower. With the sun out, the bright coloured stained glass cascaded light down into the building. A display regarding the history of the cathedral was very informative, extensions have been added throughout the centuries. Some of the audio displays weren’t working and a chap came along to turn some lights on which got them working.

Melting at their knees
Melting full stop!

A detailed model sits in the centre of the display, showing the different ages of the cathedral. As the chap pointed out there seems to have been some nuclear incident inside the glazed box, scale people have been wilting, falling to the floor and some have even melted!

The Sheffield Nativity
Wonderful painted screen

The extensions to the church have resulted in numerous chapels all wonderfully lit, but making you wonder where the main alter is situated. The Chapel of St George commemorates the York and Lancaster Regiment with its screen of swords and bayonets. The Chapel of the Holy Spirit has a wonderful painted screen and is where the Sheffield Nativity lives made of course from steel.
All this and only a few pipes

A large organ console sits to the side of the nave, but we couldn’t see many pipes, where were they all, only the smallest were visible. In 1998 the organ was decommissioned, this has been temporarily replaced with a digital organ which has large speakers hidden behind wooden shrouds.
To the west
To the east with flying angels

Cutlers Doors

As we left the cathedral a pair of doors caught my eye, the Cutlers Hall. They are of course made from stainless steel, polished with elephants on the door knobs. In 1638 the first Cutlers Hall was built on this site, demolished in 1725. A new location was sought for the hall, but ground rents were too high so the second hall was built in the same place. By 1827 the state of the second hall was causing concern, it wasn’t suitable for the standing of the cutlers. So in 1832 the present Cutlers Hall was built. it is a Grade 2 listed building and considered to be one of the finest Livery Halls in the country. A shame that the front doors were closed, as looking at their website those doors hide quite a sight. Tours can be booked, but sadly you can’t just turn up.
Brick art

The Co-op didn’t have quite what we wanted so we walked over the River Don to Tescos and back over Spider Bridge which weaves it’s way through the arches of the old railway viaduct.

Back at Oleanna we decided to stow the spare glass form the galley window. Using some spare towels we wrapped it up for protection and found space for it on top of the steel ballast under our bed. There is quite a bit of space in the false bottom, I might try to find other things to go in there. Now should we ever need a spare window we have one.

The next phase of pasta making was done, salt, psyllium husk, oil, egg and tapioca starch were added to the mix and kneaded until it formed a ball. This now is left for 24 hours in the fridge before I can roll it out.

The middle fell out
Yummy hash with garlic and paprika yogurt

I made us a chicken and sweet potato hash for our tea tonight, which was accompanied by a sundried tomato and Parmesan loaf. The very liquid dough had made me concerned for the loaf, but it rose in the oven and smelt wonderful. Just a shame it didn’t want to come out of the tin! Gentle persuasion turned into slightly heavier handed persuasion which ended with the centre of the loaf falling out! Oh well, it still tasted nice, but most probably could have done with a few more minutes in the oven and next time I will line the tin with grease proof.

I like it when they use the tumble drier 

0 locks, 0 miles, 1 pair, jeans, 4 pouches free Tilly food, 1 cathedral, 2 shiny doors, 1 ball of gf pasta, 1 hash, 1 hash of a loaf, 1 failed baker, 3 balls of wool left, 1 warm bed of towels.

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