|Walking to Ripon Cathedral|
Today I’m blogging about the literary trail of my recent journey through England, that is, about all the places I visited linked to authors or literary works. My friends and I visited places someway connected to Lewis Carroll, The Brontes, Shakespeare, Jane Austen and the legendary Robin Hood.
|The choir stall which is thought to have inspired Lewis Carroll|
1. 1. Ripon and Lewis Carrol - Our first day in Yorkshire was spent visiting York , as I told you before (HERE) but in the evening before going back to our lovely B&B in Easingwold, we made a stop in Ripon to visit the cathedral. Our guidebook funnily described it as a squat medieval building, and the idea of a squat cathedral made us laugh all the time all through the week. It was actually rather “squat” if observed from the outside and from the main entrance, but it looked beautiful and seemed to soar into the sky, as any Gothic cathedral does, from the inside. The literary connection is with Lewis Carroll, whose father was a Canon here from 1852 to 1868. In one of the choir stalls – completed in 1494 by Ripon woodcarvers - the carved figures represent a griffon chasing a rabbit whilst another rabbit hides down his hole. This is believed to have inspired Lewis Carroll while writing his Alice in Wonderland (1865)