Canterbury Cathedral is not just a building, nor even just
a cathedral. It is England in stone.
In search of England
(A Weekly article)
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The Cathedral that marks the spot where St Augustine
baptised King Ethelbert of Kent and Christianity was born is decaying faster
than the damaged stone is being restored.
Cathedral is not what it used to be.
Time and weather have taken their toll.
So according to Eamonn Lee, the foreman of the masons’ workshop, there
is very little left of the original ancient outer wall.
process of restoration and renewal has been gradual. Only once in several lifetimes is the whole architectural feature
removed and replaced.
years ago, the 26- foot crumbling Candle Tower -which stood above the
south-west transept -was demolished and rebuilt.
The job was done with such precision that not
even William of Sens (the master mason who fell from the scaffolding in 1178)
would be able to tell the difference.
But most of the mason’s work ends with pieces being fitted into a
begins when lorries - carrying five - tonne slabs of French stone -rumble into
the yard outside the Broad Oak masons’ workshop. The Setting Out masons’ workshop (a cricket enthusiast who keeps
bats beside his desk) draws a plan of the replacement for the crumbling cornice
or eroding architrave.
circular saw, which performs with the precision of a scalpel and the force of a
high velocity bullet, cuts out a block of exactly the right size.
the laymen’s idea of real masons’ work begins.
Men with mallets and chisels carve the stone into intricate shapes.
are only one small part of the great enterprise to preserve, ‘The Mother
Church of England’. Much of the
conservation work is done ‘on site’ from scaffolding which hangs like a
spider’s web outside the cathedral.
on a windy platform on the wall above St Anselm’s side chapel, I talked to
Heather Newton - Officially entitled ‘stone carver conservationist’, but in
fact, a mason in the great tradition of the craftsmen who built Canterbury.
masons said Heather Newton rarely work at the ‘hard end of the trade’
-industrial building where the money is made.
on the other hand, is ‘often regarded as women’s work’. A great deal of washing is involved and’ it
is more concerned with quality than speed.
typical English style, Heather Newton
not want to get mealy-mouthed about her job’, but says it is a ‘privilege’ to
work on one of the great edifices of English history.
among the dust and debris, which covered the scaffold platform, she illustrated
the overriding principle of her calling - replacing only when conservation is
delicate tracing on the wall is, she announced, ‘Victorian not the original
Romanesque’. The Victorians are not popular among Canterbury
recklessly cut away and replaced barely damaged stone - often in designs of
their own that they thought superior to those of the medieval masons.
inferior stone they used quickly cracked and crumbled. Worst of all, they used cheap mortar-sand
and cement-, which rots the walls it holds together.
hundred years ago, the outside of Canterbury Cathedral was painted. Whatever the aesthetic merits and
theological significance of coloured walls, pigment protected the stone. Most of the paint was scraped away when the
Reformation broke England’s ties with the flamboyant Church of Rome.
remained was scrubbed off by the Victorians.
Now, the restored and replaced stone is covered by a protective ‘lime
wash’ in the same colour as the walls it covers. The English have no taste for painted churches.
have, however, retained our enthusiasm for stained-glass. But glass like stone, is ravaged by
time. And the great windows of our
cathedrals withstood the rain as well as glorifying God and honouring His saints.
glass, like old stone, deteriorates in hard weather. Examining a soon-to-be -restored window under one of the
workshop’s microscopes, it seemed impossible that the pitted and corroded glass
could ever be restored to anything like its original glory.
the conservationist dabs away with cotton wool in the certain knowledge that
care and patience removes all manner of blemishes.
Sebastian Strobl (head of Stained Glass Conservation and the fourth generation
of glass conservationists) dismisses the myth that the vulgar colours of the 12th
century can no longer be reproduced.
glass must be replaced, the problem is cost not craftsmanship. Only fragments are needed. Yet to obtain an exact match, Canterbury
must buy a full square metre for £100.
costs Canterbury Cathedral £9,000 a day. And according to Eamonn Lee, that is not enough.
that marks the spot
where St Augustine baptised
King Ethelbert of Kent
English Christianity was
is decaying faster
than the damaged stone
is being restored.
All power to the new conservation
appeal, which is to be launched next year.
Canterbury is not just a building, nor just a cathedral.
It is England in Stone
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The abolition of Britain
by The Reform Treaty
- Second Reading-Passed by majority of 138
Veteran parliamentarian TONY BENN speaks of the
absolute necessity of a
HEAR HIM ON
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THEN WHY NOT SIGN THE
RENUNCIATION of EU CITIZENSHIP
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With the signing of the Maastricht Treaty the
people of Britain were given
EUROPEAN and BRITISH
The extra tier of citizenship was thrust upon
the people without their consent -and in many cases knowledge.
The PEOPLE of GREAT BRITAIN should be allowed
the option of opting out of the EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP if they so wish. The
GOVERNMENT will then be able to provide those who have opted out with
-only such as British (not EU) passports,
driving licences and other national documents.
EU laws will also NOT APPLY to those who
HAVE OPTED OUT OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP
[PETITION OPEN UNTIL OCTOBER
A BLUNT REPLY TO THE
QUEEN'S SPEECH ON CHRISTMAS DAY-25th
LEGACY-AUSTRALIA-CANADA-NEW ZEALAND-WHY THEY
The Act of
Settlement of 1701-WHY IT SHOULD CONCERN
The Common Law of
ENGLAND is the LAW of
Commonwealth Realms V The Constitution for
AUSTRALIA-SUPPORT THE CROWN
WHY WE MUST BE
ALERT AND WITH OUR COMMONWEALTH PATRIOTS
MAINTAIN CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY
IF WE DESTROY OUR
RIGHT OF FREEDOM TO FIGHT A WAR ON
YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH.
WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
LAST IN A
FREE INDEPENDENT ENGLAND -SCOTLAND AND WALES?
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU
HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM BECOMING A
PROVINCE OF EUROPE.
THE QUEEN MAKE IT PLAIN THAT OUR FREE
INDEPENDENT NATION STATE IS SACROSANCT BUT
THAT IF THE PEOPLE WISH TO BECOME SLAVES
-THEN A REFERENDUM THERE MUST BE.
THAT NO ENGLISHMAN SHOULD BE ASKED WHETHER
HE WISHES TO BE A SLAVE OR FREE!
CHRISTMAS WE WILL FIND OUT IF OUR PROTECTOR
'Rights and Liberties'
by HER SACRED OATH
MONARCHY be nothing more than a
PARK in the future
THE TIME FOR BLUNT SPEAKING AS THE VERY
EXISTENCE OF OUR UNIQUE NATION STATE IS IN
We are told on the BBC (Brussels
Broadcasting Service) at 11.30 pm on
Saturday the 23rd December, 2007, that the
QUEEN now has a website which has footage of
the Royal Family in the past and that the
QUEEN is NOT
'Stuck in the past'
far as many patriotic subjects are concerned
we need to remain in the PAST when it
concerns the protection of our
have had and will continue to have but it
must not threaten our very WAY-OF-LIFE our
Common Law of England and all which makes
our country the most unique parliamentary
democracy in the world.
BE NO SURRENDER!
Should the Monarch fail to protect our
inherited RIGHTS and Liberties then we shall
have to fight for a REPUBLIC as
happened in the 17th century because the
Monarch of the day ignored those very
'Rights and Liberties of Englishmen' which
will still survive in the English Speaking
World today in December 2007. How can the
MOTHER of PARLIAMENTS give away what is
already our and our children's
INHERITANCE which cannot be taken away by
PARLIAMENT or the QUEEN.
If the above publicity
exercise is to be used to soften the impact to
the population of the BETRAYAL of their
CONSTITUTION and COUNTRY then it would be
the greatest TREASON by a Monarch since
James II who sold our COUNTRY to the FRENCH
for MONEY and RELIGION.
WE ASK WHAT PRICE ARE OUR RIGHTS AND
THEY ARE PRICELESS!
Choice is Yours!-but time is running out
6 months to be EXACT!
WE are to
THEY are not
WE have more to LOSE
more to GAIN
WE have been clear of dictators from EUROPE
for most of our HISTORY
been cursed with that abomination for most
of their HISTORY and NOW!
Our Queen and the EU Constitution
The Spirit of England
THE ENEMY IS EVERYWHERE
HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE II
We now learn
from the Daily Mail COMMENT on Christmas Eve
that the Queen's Speech will cover the
catastrophic fall in Values and Moral
behaviour since the beginning of her 56
-year reign. This has been brought about by
the actions of HER MINISTERS and the greater
number of those in HER PARLIAMENT who have
placed THEIR CONCERNS before the INTERESTS
of THE PEOPLE and NATION STATE.
the fact that HER PEOPLE feel LOST that has
been the direct result of the actions of HER
SUCCESSIVE GOVERNMENTS and the TRAITOROUS
POLITICIANS including PRIME MINISTERS who
have stealthily over the 56 years of HER
MAJESTY'S REIGN have almost achieved their
aim of ENSLAVING the PEOPLE to a FOREIGN
for the marked drop in the number viewing
THE QUEEN'S SPEECH is no doubt because the
mass of people have realised years ago that
the MONARCH is powerless to PROTECT their
WAY-OF-LIFE and events up to now have PROVED
There is a well know saying
'Nero fiddled while Rome burned'
Is it the case on
Christmas Day 2007 while the Monarch
talks our Rights and Liberties are
being taken from us under our very
Of course the QUEEN
under HER CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE can only
'Advise and Warn' HER MINISTERS but when
the matter concerns the very LIFE of an
INDEPENDENT STATE we expect that HER MAJESTY
consider the arrangement to be AT AN END as
it would make a MOCKERY of the PRIME
IMPORTANCE of the MONARCH to protect our
inherited Rights and Liberties which HER
MINISTERS are endeavouring TO GIVE
We as loyal
subjects of the MONARCH who is the living
embodiment of OUR RIGHTS and LIBERTIES
ask at this late stage with only months to
the eradication of a FREE NATION STATE some
veiled comments that HER MAJESTY will
PROTECT our RIGHTS and LIBERTIES.
As for the
MORAL tone of the NATION STATE at this most
crucial time in ENGLISH CONSTITUTIONAL HISTORY this matter
should be left to CHURCH LEADERS who's
responsibility it is to CARE for their
FLOCKS particularly at this FESTIVAL of
MAJESTY'S SPEECH has not been pre-recorded
we ask HER MAJESTY to give those MILLIONS of
HER subjects some hope that their PROTECTOR
has NOT FORGOTTEN THEM.
APPEAL not be answered we can at last
confirm that the MONARCHY is after all
nothing more than a talking shop suitable
for YouTube and therefore nothing more than
Benn's comments about the despotic and
need for a
politician with INTEGRITY and love of
country who has for decades witnessed the
growth of the monstrous creature soon to be
STATES OF EUROPE.
Liberties of Parliament-
Birthright of Subjects of England.
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WE WISH YOU ALL A
CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY
Xmas message to you all last year we find
that our sentiments remain the same with the
added emphasise on the coming danger to YOUR
COUNTRY from those many traitors in YOUR
HOUSE of COMMONS who intend to sell YOUR
COUNTRY to a FOREIGN POWER]
We Remember The
Spirit of England-Winston Churchill-1953
were warned in 1953 to beware of wreckers of
our Constitution and Way-of- Life but it had
taken Tony Blair just 10 years to do just
THAT while everyone had their minds they
thought on more important matters. Well! in
2007 his predessessor Gordon Brown is
leading you to SLAVERY and only awaits the
final signature of the present holder of the House of Wessex the over 1000 year
PROTECTOR of our inherited
RIGHTS and LIBERTIES of ENGLISHMEN
Of the House
of Wessex since King Alfred 'the Shepherd
and Darling of England' in the annals of 893
leave it to the work of
Alfred the Great
England was saved to become the first
individual nation -state which over 1100
years later a member of that same House of
Wessex has already signed away much of those
ancient Rights and Liberties and
fundamentals of justice and Rule of Law and
only awaits a final signature to enslave her
people into a despotic undemocratic godless
police state to call itself a
within the power of Her Majesty the Queen to
refuse to ratify the New EU TREATY because
whatever lies her ministers have given her
over her long reign the TRUTH is now clear
for ALL TO SEE.
Netherlands a number of years ago their
MONARCH resigned for a day rather than sign
the Bill put before him. The New EU TREATY
is the death of a NATION STATE of over 1200
years in the making. It is the treasonable
actions of HER MINISTERS which has placed
THE QUEEN in the forefront in the protection
of the Rights and Liberties of HER SUBJECTS
as on no one else can HER PEOPLE DEPEND.
WILL THIS CHRISTMAS QUEEN'S SPEECH
BE THE LAST IN A
FREE INDEPENDENT ENGLAND -SCOTLAND AND WALES?
WARNING MESSAGE TO THE FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE OF ENGLAND
[Author of Germany's Four Reich's]
'There'll always Be an ENGLAND'
-NOT any MORE
OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WILL PORTRAY ITSELF
AS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD
'Don't tell the voters-or you
will ruin everything '
"...we have to make sure
that there are no discussions taking place
in the open air"
Burghardt, a former EU ambassador to the US,
warning that details of the new EU
diplomatic service (officially to be known
as the External Action Service) should not
be discussed in public before the
ratified the NEW EU TREATY
and Ireland has held
its TREATY REFERENDUM early next summer
(source: EU Observer on 27th
The EU has also stated
that none of its institutions should rock
the boat until the English have ratified
Over the next few months
you will hear more than ever the wonderful
benefits of the EU. Whether it is Global
warming or whatever they feel shows them in
a good light and when you have swallowed the
bait you will not know what has hit you.
They intend to show how reasonable they are
and that they are there to make you happy.
If you all fall for this con-trick then you
will deserve the SLAVERY that is in store
Referendum: how Labour
could still smell of roses.
'Money to spare'
when we leave the EU in
Open Europe says:
Build 40 brand new
general hospitals each year 2007-13
- Cut council tax
by nearly 50 per cent
- Cut the
basic rate of income tax by 3p
duty by 75 per cent
total bill for the London Olympics
in less than a year
on the European Communities
(Finance) Bill on Monday 19th
A TIME FOR EUROSCEPTICS TO LEARN
FROM THE PAST-ONLY A TWO-PRONGED ATTACK CAN BRING
VICTORY AND SAVE YOUR FREEDOM -CONSTITUTION AND
[Latest Addition - June07]
Daniel Hannan - Forming an OPPOSITION
to the EU
WITH THE ONLY PARTY WITH A MANDATE
TO SET YOU
TO RECLAIM YOUR DEMOCRACY DON'T VOTE
FOR THE TRIPARTITE PARTIES IN WESTMINSTER
SMALL PARTIES THAT SPEAK THEIR MINDS
WITHOUT SPIN AND LIES.
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