So, back in January 2011 my good friend Adam made me a bet that I could not lick every Anglican cathedral in the UK within 5 years. This was a challenge he had previously lain down to another friend, but, liking the sound of it myself I shamlessly hijacked the whole thing (sorry Dan).
Over a drink in the Lyceum Tavern on London’s Strand I pretty much begged Adam to make the bet with me instead, and almost immediately regretted it. A contract was scrawled onto a scrap piece of paper and the whole thing was settled.
Sobering up at home later, I made a list of all the religious buildings that would require a good lick in order to save me from getting publically naked. The discovery that over 40 were in need of my attention made me want to start drinking again instantly, but the realisation that 5 long years lay before me in which to complete the task was greatly reassuring. In this respect Adam’s apparent willingness to shoot himself in the foot made me laugh long and heartily. Further generosity was shown in the bet’s exclusion of ALL non-Anglican cathedrals in the UK. I work right next to Westminster Abbey, and Westminster Cathedral is a short stroll away, though as neither are classed as Anglican I can walk past them haughtily and leave both unlicked. Adam, you fool.
So, the cathedrals that need licking are as follows:
- Newcastle upon Tyne
- Oxford, Christ Church
- St. Alban’s
- St. Edmundsbury
- London, St Paul’s
- Sodor & Man
- Bath & Wells
A lot of stone to lick and many miles to be covered, but at least I’ll get to see some new parts of my homeland and get to revisit some places I already know and love. There are also some places on the list I never dreamed of visiting again and am planning a quick lick and departure rather than stay another minute.
So far I’ve licked 5 cathedrals and will tell all on these pages.
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