The dark days of December and January end and February comes in, at least for today, warm and sunny. On my way into work, at Coming Home in Hope Street, I get off the bus a couple of stops early. There’s something special I want to see.
Liverpool’s first public park, a quarry, for a while Liverpool’s main cemetery and now back to being a public garden.
I always think of it as the garden at the Cathedral, and that obviously does add to its beauty. But It’s not part of or run by the Cathedral, it’s a public park.
And just outside the main doors, something I’ve never noticed before, but must have passed a thousand times.
Giles Gilbert-Scott was the Cathedral’s architect. He won a competition to design it when he was only 23 and died 18 years before his great work was completed. But is fondly remembered here, particularly for sleeping in the Cathedral during the most dangerous nights of World War II, to keep it safe in case it got bombed. It didn’t, just some glass was shattered one night.
Happy though, I feel sure, to share the glory of the day with the snowdrops outside in the garden.
Much more about the the Cathedral in ‘The Building of Liverpool Cathedral’ by Peter Kennerley. Available from the Cathedral shop.