Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Southwark - staying close to the river

Tucked away between wharfs, railways arches and wine bars you will find the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, London’s oldest Gothic building. It was a sunny day outside, spilling pale light into every crevice of this splendid House.

Southwark is fortunate to have an Early English Retro-Choir. Arguably this area is the prettiest part of the Cathedral, a great feeling of space. It is hard to visualise it used as a pigsty at one stage! And also used as a Bishop’s court for trying heretics at another point in history. I made a drawing of the magnificent screen between the altar and the Retro-Choir, Saints and Bishops adorned in Perpendicular glory. Do seek out Southwark and enjoy the space and peace.

Extract from my new book, English Cathedrals. Capturing the wonder of these very special places in 60 exciting drawings. Order via


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