Flowery Meads

aristocrtic women at recreation in a walled garden

Wealthy families were enclosing their gardens from the 12th century, not only to keep out wild animals but also the Anglo-Saxons, who continued to revolt against Norman rule. Within the boundary the garden was usually laid out in a formal design with a square central lawn. A fine lawn was coveted. The ground was levelled

Bishop Bell’s Grave

Bishop Bell's Grave in Carlisle Cathedral nave showing detail of dinosaur-like animals

A very interesting grave is in Carlisle Cathedral. Richard Bell was born in about 1410 and became a monk when he was sixteen. As an older man, he met the duke of Gloucester (later King Richard lll), and perhaps because of their friendship, he was promoted to become the Bishop of Carlisle.  Bishop Bell is