Saturday 25 December 2021

Merry Christmas

 In Coventry Cathedral,

opposite the large stained glass window

is this nativity scene. 

Basil Spence, the architect who designed this magnificent building, commissioned this crib for the Cathedral's first Christmas in 1962.

The figures are by Alma Ramsey-Hosking, who gave birth in 1940 while the Battle of Britain raged in the skies above.

Her midwife told her to keep her new baby not in the cot but 'on your hand where it is safest'

She used this memory when modelling Mary, the baby Jesus on her oversized hand, keeping him safe.

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