Weekend in Durham
Saturday I boarded an early train for London's Victoria Station where I took the underground to Kings Cross Stations to board another train to Durham in northern England. Durham is a very old city which played a significant role in English history in the defense of the northern and eastern boarders. The castle and the cathedral, dating back to about 1000, were built on a wooded bluff above the Wear River. In its early days, the Archbishop was also a Knight with both civil and ecclesiastical responsibilities.
While I was not able to take any pictures inside the Cathedral, I did spend some time within and visited the shrine of Saint Cuthbert who is pretty popular in the area. When we arrived there Saturday afternoon, there was a very young orchestra from the local college of music rehearsing. The conductor was no more than in his early twenties, and the sound was fantastic. The music made an interesting background for touring such an ancient building.
Saturday night I stayed as a guest of a friend at Ushaw college which is a diocesan seminary for the northern British dioceses. The institution dates back to the 1500 where it was founded in France during the persecutions. The present complex of building was built in 1880. I Concelebrated the Eucharist in Saint Jospeh Chapel (on left) and got a picture of the main chapel (pictured on the near left).
After Mass we returned to town (the seminary is about four miles from the city) and walked along the Wear River. The weather both days was cloudy and often rainy so many of the pictures were taken in dull light, but I think that the beauty of the area is still obvious. As I returned to the train station I was taken by the train bridge which looms over the city and the medieval look of the city itself as depicted in this shot of a market place.