|Now that's what you call a rich mixture of boats|
|The extensively and expensively restored Robert Raikes House, now a pub|
The city centre has its fair share of sixties and seventies nastiness but a rather lovely cathedral and a number of delightful old buildings, some recently restored and others in line for the treatment. One, the 16th century Robert Raikes House, had a £4.5m refurbishment and is now (as it was in its recent former life) a pub – with an impressive interior that shouldn't be missed.
The cathedral was originally part of a large monastery and houses the tomb of William the Conqueror's eldest son, Robert while in the cathedral is the tomb one of England's early kings – Edward II. That was fortunate for Gloucester because when Henry VIII started knocking down or selling off the monasteries he spared Gloucester because it had a royal tomb and instead made the church a cathedral.
|Edward II's tomb in the cathedral|
|Part of the cloisters of the original abbey|
|Memorial to Robert of Normandy made by Knights of the Third Crusade|
|And a stunning modern element, this beautiful stained glass window|
|Quite something to look at from the windows of Harry|
|A classic working ship with its history written in every fibre|
|With a rich and varied history|
The pair were joined by a massive three master yesterday which is due (like the others) to have work done at Tommi Nielsen's yard. Today we watched them manouevre it, the pirate ship and a big river party boat around in the wind and rain, using ropes and a powerful rib to push and pull them around. Made manoeuvreing narrowboats look easy.
While we shelter out of the curiously variable weather; rainstorms one minute, warm sunshine the next, we are planning our next destination. More news soon.