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“Literary Links” – Trolls in the Cathedral!

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Literary Links” is a series of posts celebrating Britain’s wonderful links with great authors, dramatists and poets. Gloucester Cathedral’s Great Cloister is the birthplace of fan vaulting – in which the structure of the ceiling is made of intricately carved ribs resembling a fan. These cloisters are magnificent – although many younger visitors come her to seek trolls rather than architecture.   The cloisters were started in 1351 and not fully completed until 1412. There are over 35 English buildings surviving today with these beautiful fan vaults with some great examples in King’s College, Cambridge, Bath Abbey, Canterbury Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Christ Church, Oxford. For centuries the cathedral reaped the benefits of pilgrims visiting the tomb of King Edward II, but a new type of pilgrim has been added to the guest list. These pilgrims are Harry Potter fans.who come to see the famous vaulted cloisters.   The first,

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“On the Road…” – Gloucester and the USA

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On the road…” is a series of posts about our Discovery of Britain’s highways and byways. Whether it be some family fun, a surprising connection or just a beautiful spot we want to share our love for this country with you. Today we visit Gloucester to celebrate the 4th July – American Independence Day. So how does this English Cathedral City have any connection with American independence? You can guarantee that today there will be multiple renditions of the American national anthem being sung from state to state… and that is where Gloucester steps in. Or more precisely, that is where John Stafford Smith (1750-1836) steps in.     Smith was born along this street – the son of Gloucester Cathedral’s organist. The musical gene passed into his blood as he progressed from chorister to composer and, like his dad, organist. Somewhere around 1773 he composed some music called “The

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