Society

Friday 15th October 2021

Society occurred. Frieze Art Fayre. On now.

Looking back: how to account for it all?

Canterbury Cathedral – Byzantine. V. foreign feeling. So many arches and traceries. Reminded me of C├│rdoba. Tombs and plaques to all the dead Archbishops, including those we’ve known, such as Cosmo Gordon Lang, who was in the corner at the St. Paul’s Deanery, alive, when the Gay Mother took tea there at the end of the War. Mrs Matthews said he was such a nuisance, having to have ‘chayna tay’. She spoke refined. ┬áThere was another Archbishop the Gay Granny had a run-in with. He was perfectly horrid. Not sure which one. Might have been Fisher. She was trying to report child abuse. Welby was present at Evensong in person and self-shut the little stable door of his throne-area. The Gay Mother can’t bear him but Royston said he struggles with the World Anglican Church. Anthony Mottram and Robert Nevil were also beaming via WhatsApp their dislike of Welby into the very heart of Canterbury Cathedral, recalling that other great martyrdom that took place there.

Tomb of Arch Davidson peculiar. The effigy shows a late Victorian gentleman (he was Arch 1904 to ’28) such as you might see at the Garrick Club – but lying down and you could poke your finger in his face. All wrong somehow. Recumbent effigy only suitable for medieval knight in armour.

Dover Castle – incredibly medieval and big. Got up by English Heritage how it might have been in one of those old Kings’ days i.e. a lot of heraldic drapery in heraldic colours. And beds. Good. You know those medieval kings who were either absolutely marvellous or totally ghastly and had to be got rid of, such as King John. But there were others. Some of them weren’t even English.

Within the Castle premises is an old church. Rotary club figures were drawing up in Bentleys and putting on Chains of Office. I doorstepped the Church: ‘What’s going on here?’ Lady i/c service sheets said it was the Centenary of the British Legion except possibly it wasn’t. Might have been last year in fact. I notice this more generally. Time has been warped or simply altered. The Lairds of Usk suddenly announced they were having Christmas dinner last Sunday.

Royston and I found a minimally open side door of the Church and sang ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ through the crack – at the same time as the ‘private’ congregation within. If only the good burghers of Dover, with their Bentleys, had known that two world-figures, one of whom has devoted his whole life, be it long or short, to the service of our Nation’s parks, gardens and shrubberies, were crouched so humbly without…. It would have made their day.

Some Old King's Bed as It Might have Been: Dover Castle

Some Old King’s Bed as It Might have Been: Dover Castle

Dover Castle: More Our Idea of Medieval..

Dover Castle: More Our Idea of Medieval..

Dover Castle: Medieval Falconry Lady

Dover Castle: Medieval Falconry Lady

Dover Grandees Arrive for Centenary of British Legion Service: If Only They'd Known who We Were

Dover Grandees Arrive for Centenary of British Legion Service: If Only They’d Known who We Were

British Legion Centenary Service: 'Private'

British Legion Centenary Service: ‘Private’

Church where British Legion Centenary Service took Place: Dover Castle

Church where British Legion Centenary Service took Place: Dover Castle

Canterbury Cathedral: Byzantine Feel

Canterbury Cathedral: Byzantine Feel

Canterbury Cathdral: so Byzantine

Canterbury Cathdral: so Byzantine

Cosmo Gordon Lang: the Gay Mother took Tea with Him in '43 or So

Cosmo Gordon Lang: the Gay Mother took Tea with Him in ’43 or So

Arch Davison: Died 1030. Shouldn't be Lying Down

Arch Davison: Died 1030. Shouldn’t be Lying Down

Canterbury Cathedral: Mysterious Maze of Masonry

Canterbury Cathedral: Mysterious Maze of Masonry

 

Posted Friday, October 15, 2021 under Adrian Edge day by day.

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