Visit: Flag Fen, Peterborough Cathedral and Longthorpe Tower
- Peterborough |
Flag Fen is a rich archeological site. The main feature and enigma of the site is an enormous wooden platform built between 1000 and 700BC (the later Bronze Age), most likely used as a place of worship and ritual. At the site there are a number of things to see including reconstructed settlements and the museum, which holds objects, such as weapons and jewellery, found at the site.
Henry VIII promoted the Benedictine Abbey in Peterborough to a cathedral in 1538 because he considered it 'one of the goodliest monuments in Christendom'. Work began on the Abbey in 1118. It was built of Barnack stone and Alwalton marble, both quarried nearby. What makes the cathedral rare is that its basic Norman structure has never been altered, and the purity of the architecture shines through. Over the nave, the transepts and the crossing is another rare survival: the original wooden ceiling, painted in about 1220, with interesting detail. There is also some marvellous fan vaulting in the retrochoir and the west front is a tour de force.
Longthorpe Tower displays one of the finest and most complete sets of domestic wall paintings in Northern Europe. Dating from the 14th century, the subjects are both worldly and religious, including The Wheel of Life, The Nativity and King David.