2015 A Year in the Precincts

On New Year’s Eve, looking through a year’s photographs, here is an alternative review of the past 12 months living in the front of the cathedral in the Precincts. The photos were not taken systematically, but there is a record here. The recurring themes are builders and scaffolding… and they continue into 2016.

January

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Lights on builders fencing

 

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New paving

 

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New paving works

 

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Work on the railings, temporary access through ‘The Dean’s Door’

 

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Snow!

February

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More snow

 

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Preparing for Ash Wednesday

 

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Union Flag flying from the Cathedral

 

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TV filming in the precincts

March

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The moon above the cathedral during the day

 

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The choir after Evensong

 

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Eclipse of the sun – best attempt at photo

 

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Filming for Bargain hunt

 

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Fire crew training

 

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Work on the new doors

 

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Publicity shoot for the Heritage Festival

 

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Levelling the access to the cathedral

 

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April

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Grand opening of the new doors by the Duke of Gloucester

 

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The light through the new doors – view out

May

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Viewing a concert through the new doors

 

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Cathedral bathed in the warming spring evening sunshine

 

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Last view for several months of the statues on the Knights Chamber

 

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TV news reporting from the precincts

 

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Canon Bruce interviewed by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire before a funeral

 

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The choir on their way to practice before Evensong

June

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Special School dance project

 

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Building the Tiltyard

 

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Jousting

 

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Roman Soldier guarding the bishop…

 

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…perhaps from the dragaon?

 

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Jousting

 

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Castor Ales providing welcome refreshment

 

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Sculpture inspired by fens being 2 metres below sea level & climate change threat

 

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The scaffolding came…

 

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July

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Summer recitals in the outside porticos

 

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Organ pipes being removed for repitching

August

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Scaffolding…

 

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His master’s voice?

September

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Harvest lunch for 500 in Cathedral Square

 

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Yes it really is a bird on a lead

 

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Moon before blood moon

 

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Blood moon

 

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Graduations

October

November

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More diggers

 

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December

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Wedding after Christmas

 

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About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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