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Photo-a-Day  (Monday, 29th January, 2018)

Matchstick Model

Matchstick Model
Matchstick Model of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral made by Arthur Cunliffe of Cherry Tree court Standish.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Panasonic TZ100)
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Comment by: Roy on 29th January 2018 at 00:19

Brilliant !!!

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 29th January 2018 at 07:02

Paddys Wigwam in matchsticks. Well done Arthur, that is some model,must have a considerable amount of your time.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th January 2018 at 07:59

An absolute work of Art and what patience the man must have! It's inspirational.

Comment by: kath on 29th January 2018 at 08:44

Amazing model. What a patient man to do this.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th January 2018 at 10:05

How odd! I have just been reading Stuart Maconie's "Pies and Prejudice" whilst eating my breakfast and he was talking about The Anglican Cathedral. I put the book down, switched on P-A-D and there it was! (What a co-incidence... Should I buy a Lottery Lucky Dip, I wonder?!) I remember going there with school just after it was built. Well done to Arthur...amazing!

Comment by: Gary on 29th January 2018 at 11:22

Wonderful handiwork!
Suspect the model is more structurally sound than the original, when first built. The central corona leaked, as did some of the side joints where concrete met marble. A similar issue had already arisen at Coventry Cathedral 5 years earlier.

Comment by: Anne on 29th January 2018 at 11:40

Lovely to see 'making' hobbies flourishing. Will today's generation be able to produce anything like this in the future?

Comment by: Allan on 29th January 2018 at 12:25

Irene that is the Roman Catholic cathedral

Comment by: Sniltub on 29th January 2018 at 13:40

Irene don’t buy a lucky dip. This is a model of the Catholic Cathedral not the Anglican one. 😀

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th January 2018 at 14:46

Yes, my mistake! Stuart Maconie tells that the Protestant Cathedral was deigned by a Catholic and The Catholic Cathedral was designed by a Protestant and my head was still full of that information when I turned from the book to p-a-d. It takes my brain longer to function these days than it once did! Thanks, everyone.

Comment by: Veronica on 29th January 2018 at 16:29

Officially it's the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. I personally don't like the outside but the interior is beautiful. I like the more traditional buildings.

Comment by: Kenee on 29th January 2018 at 16:35

I also visited 'The Mersey Funnel' on a school trip soon after it's completion. Then we had to endure a performance of Macbeth at the Everyman Theatre.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th January 2018 at 16:53

We saw "Macbeth" too, Kenee, and they had someone's head on a pole,
(who had supposedly been beheaded), and it fell off! I agree with Veronica; I too prefer traditional buildings now but when I visited it with the school, it seemed so "trendy", especially in Sixties' Liverpool when we were all young.

0, and it fell off

Comment by: Gary on 29th January 2018 at 18:55

Irene - Giles Gilbert Scott, Catholic, designed the Anglican Cathedral. Modern Gothic style, he died in 1960 and never saw it finished. Eventually completed 1978.
Frederick Gibberd designed the Catholic cathedral, situated on top of the Lutyens undercroft from 1930s - a design abandoned because of the costs.
Archbishop Heenan (later Cardinal, of Westminster) commissioned the new design in the 1950s - to a strict budget - to adopt a modern style. Finished in 1967.
Both have merit. However, the Grand Willis organ in the Anglican cathedral is the best in the country and one of the best in Europe.

Comment by: irene roberts on 29th January 2018 at 20:36

Thankyou, Gary.

Comment by: Mick on 29th January 2018 at 23:30

Have a look here for another of Arthurs matchstick model.
Just imagine striking all them matches and then having to blow them out straight away.


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