The Cathedral of Gloucester was built in the 7th century and is well known, among other things, for being a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. It is also famous as being very mysterious and even strange. The reason is the architectural style of the church which is called “perpendicular style”, a more grotesque version of the medieval Gothic style. Also very peculiar and interesting are the glass windows, there is even one depiction of a medieval Golf player! All in all a fascinatingly grim but beautiful cathedral.
The proper history of England begins with the conquest of the island by the Anglo-Saxons in the 6th century, but for many thousand years before the country was inhabited by settlers, who cultivated the land and made it arable for the upcoming generations. During this process the landscape was altered extensively of course, England used to be covered by dense forests before like other parts of Northern Europe. A lot of the wood was used for ship making, as England was an island country and hence depended on sea trade and also on fishing. England became rich and in the middle ages beautiful castles where built and monasteries, which were surrounded by little towns, which became bigger towns with magnificent cathedrals later on. A lot of the history of England can be seen still today when travelling England. Take your time, don’t hurry and never forget the cup of tea in the afternoon!
As it turned out the day I was in London on the 10th of November also was the day before Remembrance Day and Westminster was in full preparations for the big event. Remembrance Day basically evolved out of the mourning for the death of World War I and became a kind of Veterans Day with a lot of military parades and symbolism. Interestingly already the day before there were a lot of veterans on White Hall and I had the chance to photograph some of them.