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When we reached Leamington Spa we were very close to the railway station, so took a day trip to Coventry... the highlight of which was Coventry Cathedral.


 
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  The previous cathedral was bombed in November 1940 - leaving just some of the walls and the tower standing. (The skipper has spotted something interesting off-camera.)   The new cathedral was built next to the ruins.  
 
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  Started in 1956, it was designed by Sir Basil Spence.   And the outside has this massive statue of St. Michael and the Devil, by Sir Jacob Epstein.  
 
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  Between the old ruins and the new cathedral is a vast glass screen - engraved by John Hutton with figures of angels and saints.   The glass screen lets you see into the new cathedral while reflecting some of the ruins at the same time.  
 
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  The nave is wide and open - with the far end dominated by the 78 foot high tapestry of Christ in Glory, by Graham Sutherland.   The baptistry has this fantastic window by John Piper and Patrick Reyntiens.  
 
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  The high alter and Lady Chapel.   The abstract cross by Geoffrey Clarke, containing the cross of nails at its centre.  
 
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  The Gethsemane Chapel.   The choir stalls.  
 
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  A candle holder on the high alter, and some of the side windows.   The crew enjoying her day out.  
 
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