For this Traces of the Past, I recently spent a bit of time on a rainy day in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in my town of Grafton NSW Australia. The Cathedral was finished in 1884. Originally there was a small wooden church on the site built in 1842. The Cathedral is in a great green space in the heart town with the bell tower ringing out the time, a tradition I love.
The hand carved foundations made of sandstone
This side of the Cathedral has lots of lichen
The northern face. You can see the two halves of the church in the roof line where the second part was added
Looking toward the front door and the white roses in the garden.
Looking towards the old bell tower
Looking along the aisle to the back of the Cathedral
The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs with cushions
Some of the old pews have been retained
The old wooden seats in the front of the cathedral have been kept as well but with cushions added for the comfort of the cathedral officials.
There are many parts of the Cathedral that have been kept in good order
The font in front of the dedication to the Indigenous history of the Clarence Valley.
The ceiling is wonderful highlighting the history of the Valleys timber history
One of the brick arches that support the structure
The back of the Cathedral where you can see the shapes of the stained glass windows
Looking inside. Aren’t the lights lovely
A bit of selective colour
I couldn’t not show you the colour version
And of course I also had to include a bit of the nature who live around the Cathedral. You will always see a Skink or two on the walls.
Hope you enjoyed a look around the Cathedral in my town.