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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, April 12, 2005
    Top of the world (well, East Yorkshire)

    The privileges of us clergy. On a visit to our soon-to-be-colleague, presently curate of Beverley Minster, this afternoon the verger gave us a personal guided tour to the very top of this ancient church. 200-plus steps up to the top of the tower. The one with the flagpole, not the one with the phone mast.

    In sunshine and clear light the view from the top of the tower was long, wide, wonderful. Falling away beneath us, the red-tiled rooftops of this relatively unspoiled old town, and beyond, a shimmering haze over bustling Hull, the Humber Estuary, that majestic bridge. For a few moments it felt like the top of the world. Well, East Yorkshire anyway.