I was recently invited on holiday to visit Gloucester and the Cotswolds. On one of the days we visited Gloucester Cathedral! I went to Gloucester for a week of work last year but aside that have never visited that part of the country. Everybody was keen to tell me how Gloucester Cathedral is featured in the Harry Potter films. I swear half of England has been featured in those bloody films (I cannot stand them) but the Cathedral is certainly beautiful enough to have been attracting visitors long before Warner Bros and their merry gang rocked up.
I’m not a religious person but I have always been fascinated by sacred spaces. The precision, detail and sheer size of the buildings that have been constructed in the name of faith astounds me. The thing that particularly caught me in Gloucester Cathedral was the stained glass windows and the hazy watercolour lighting it created – soft and entrancing down elaborate corridors.