The ceiling of the nave shows the Tree of Life design. You can see right through, past the altar now generally used- the priest stands behind the table, in full view of the congregation, as is fashionable, rather than far away, celebrating a secret mystery. Those arches, looking so modern, are internal buttresses put up when the tower began to lean.
This shows Christ, and the ubiquitous fan vaulting.
I particularly like the heads, carved everywhere on the walls.
This is my favourite. He owns everything he beholds. It is new to him, and he is excited.
He has his feet on a snow-leopard, and an angel whispers in his right ear.
The Bishop had this carved before he died, and saw every time he came here what he would end up looking like.
Not a problem for the Jacobean.
Chester certainly has the advantage of Wells on modern art. Their millennium addition was this set of altar frontals.
But who needs modern art, when you have possibly the oldest clock in the world still telling the time with its original movement? The guide did not say that movement is now in the Science Museum in London, so I thought it was here. Wikipedia says I was completely under the wrong impression: that jouster has been knocked off his horse since the 14th century, said the guide. Hm.
The whole, including the West front, would originally have been brightly painted. Edward VI ordered all churches be whitewashed inside, and this is all the colour that survives. However I was surprised that the statues outside remain intact.
So now I don’t know whether to believe that guide, that the font is Saxon, and its wooden cover Jacobean.
“What moved you most?” asked Susan. I was intrigued, or fascinated; I was impressed; but what moved me most was the birds flocking on that stone cliff, and descending as one before rising again in a circular motion, back to their roosts.