A bright start, but rain followed later in the day. The sunrise filtered through pylons rather than trees today!
We passed "Cash's Hundred Houses", buildings constructed for Cash's name tape workers, with accommodation on the lower two floors and weaving workshops on the top floor. Only 48 of the hundred were ever built and only 37 of those survive, but they are handsome buildings, now converted into apartments.
One gem was definitely the statue of Lady Godiva riding side-saddle on her horse. The poor lady must have been perishingly cold if it was a day like today with all the wind and rain! Good job she had such long tresses to hide her modesty.
By pure chance, there was a concert scheduled for this evening and, as we walked into the cathedral, the orchestra began rehearsing. Immediately we recognised the opening notes of Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis - M's very favourite piece of music! We sat in the centre of the cathedral and listened to the orchestra play the piece right through. It almost as if it were a private performance just for us, there were only half a dozen people in the whole cathedral! The sound was sublime. It resonated and filled the empty space. We sat entranced!
The performance in the evening was superb. Predictably, with several hundred people attending, the sound didn't quite have the richness and depth of our "personal" performance in the afternoon; that was an experience probably never to be repeated, but it was still a wonderful concert.
The ruins of the old cathedral were floodlit as we left. Quite magical in the dark. What a wonderful day!
Today: 5 miles, 1 lock and 2.5 hours.
Trip: 529 miles, 335 locks and 424.9 hours.