Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Architectural oddities

In Nelson today we spotted this

it's the Inland Revenue building. Almost as bad as our 'sandcastle' at home!

And this is the cathedral
Front . . .

and back . . .

with rather amazing stain glass windows inside

But interestingly it was designed by a Frank Peck in 1924 to a very traditional grand gothic style and the nave and the entrance you see at the back were partly built but in the 1950s, still incomplete, the money had run out and there are various drawings showing suggestions from very contemporary designs to traditional but more modest ones. This simple and cheaper style finally won out and the front and the tower outside is quite stark and grey. But on the inside it's quite fascinating, light and bright and a strange mix of periods! The organ is brilliant, standing on a magnificent modern wooden archway.

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