Sunday 13 December 2015

Sunday Snap – Paddy's Wigwam

We were in the London suburbs for last week's Sunday Snap of a very large country house. I asked what the name of the house is and the answer is


Our architectural historians last week were Ruthy and Charlotte who got the correct answer.

We're off to the north west for this week's Sunday Snap. The building you can see above is officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King but affectionately called Paddy's Wigwam. This due to the design of the cathedral and reference to the Irish ancestry that make up a significant amount of the population of this city.

The idea for a Catholic cathedral were first mentioned in the mid 19th century when a large number of Irish Catholics came across in order to flee the devastation caused by the Great Irish Famine. Plans were drawn up but only the Lady Chapel was completed as the money required was diverted to provide education for local children. The present site was bought in the 1930s and Sir Edwin Lutyens was commissioned to design the new cathedral. His design was very similar to the Anglican cathedral down the road but even bigger and would have incorporated the world's largest dome. Building work commenced in 1933 but by 1941 it was stopped due to wartime restrictions. In the 1950s building work began again but only the crypt was ever completed due to rising costs. A third design was put forward by Adrian Gilbert Scott but this was rejected. Finally in the 1960s it was agreed that a cathedral designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd would be constructed. Despite it being a contemporary and striking structure it is not without its flaws. Due to the time taken and the limited budget the cathedral was built in a rush and cheaply. Soon after its completion leaks started to appear and other defects were spotted. This lead to the architect being sued five times. Despite these problems it remains one of the most admired buildings in the country. This week's question is

What city is this cathedral in?

We were joined last week by Susan and her trio dressed up and ready to party. Snoskred took us on the monthly tour of the garden. It was off to the observatory for Betty and the bonus of a beautiful rose garden. We finish the week with Chelsea Mamma Kara turned Proud Mamma as she accompanied her daughter to collect her Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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  1. I'm back ! Life has been so hectic, I haven't linked up for a while but I had the perfect snaps this week :)

    I think Paddy's Wigwam is in Liverpool

  2. Beautiful picture. I am guessing Liverpool

  3. I have no idea but I love the architecture

  4. I have absolutley no idea where that is but its very cool

  5. I think Liverpool, but I might not be right this week

  6. Oooh I know this one - it's in Liverpool isn't it x

  7. Sorry I had a manic week. I think it's Liverpool, but only seen it in pictures. I've never been x

  8. I have no idea...I didn't realise how bad I was at knowing about this country's architecture!!


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