|And a jolly big church it was too|
No, it's not the start of a weird joke! Last week Nano and I met up to explore the stranger sights of Beverley Minster.
Beverley is little market town - but their 14th century church is, thanks to some historical twists, the size of a cathedral. A cathedral built on a swamp, btw. (And that's why it hasn't got a central tower.)
It's very beautiful inside, and absolutely stuffed with odd carvings on every pillar and arch. Green men proliferate, of course - over 80 of them we're told
|This one might be a rare Green Woman - it's wearing a wimple|
But also many Medieval musicians ...
|Not all of them blessed with an appreciative audience|
|My, that's a highly polished sphinx|
Some of the grotesques ... well, goodness knows what they are meant to represent:
|"Woman with crow and baby sea monster"|
|"The dangers of drinking whilst snake-juggling"|
|Okay, I give up|
|Satan, presumably ...|
However, I think we can all take a good guess at what's going on in this scene!
|Oh you naughty nuns!|
Thanks Nano, for a fab afternoon!