The east end of Ripon Cathedral
In case you didn't see last week's Anglophile Friday, it was, obviously, Ripon Cathedral, Part I.
This week I have a few more photos I'd like to share with you, a few of which are of that interesting pipe organ.
Will someone give me a hand?
If you look very closely toward the bottom of the photo above, you will see a hand protruding from the wood organ case. What is that doing there?
Ah yes, now I can see it better
Flanked by angels, the wooden hand is the 'choir director' which is guided by the organist. Cool, huh! (if not a little creepy)
'The first reference to an organ in Ripon Cathedral occurs in the Fabric Rolls for 1399. The present-day, four-manual organ contains two ranks from a 1690 organ.
'By 1912, however, it required extensive rebuilding: the stops were too loud and an appalling noise was issuing from the engines and bellows.
'The organ was therefore essentially rebuilt between 1912 and 1926, by Harrison and Harrison of Durham (completion of the work being significantly delayed by the outbreak of the First World War).
'Since then, various additions and modifications have been made to the Ripon Cathedral organ: in 1963, 1972, 1988, 1996 and most recently, 2000. The 1996 additions included the horizontal Solo Orchestral Trumpet and a new eight-channel solid-state combination system...
'Finally, the organ case at Ripon was designed by Sir Gilbert Scott. One particularly unusual feature of it is a unique, carved wooden hand.
'This used to be used to conduct the choir, via a lever at the organ console. It was added to the case in 1695, when a rebuild of the organ then meant that the organist had to move to a new seat from where he could not conduct the choir himself.'
From the Rood Screen
Rood Screen Angels
Viewing the West End of the Cathedral
...and a little farther west,
'Double Luck Take Away'
And 'The Knowledge Magnet'
a toy shop
Why didn't I notice 'Ripon Canal' when we were there??
Too much to see, too much to do.
Not enough time.
Natural, Handcrafted Vegan Soap
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