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Filename: jlp01_08_062033.jpg

Size: 5239 x 6687 (5.4MB)

Date: 15th October 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

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Sculpting the font JLP01_08_062033

COVENTRY CATHEDRAL, PRIORY STREET, COVENTRY. Ralph Beyer carving the baptismal font in Coventry Cathedral.
Ralph Beyer (1921-2008) was a letter carver and sculptor who was commissioned to carve nave inscriptions for the new Coventry Cathedral built between the mid-1950s and 1962. He is seen here carving the baptismal font out of a large boulder which had been shipped from Bethlehem, referred to as the Boulder from Bethlehem when it was unveiled on its arrival at the cathedral in 1960

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Media ID 23993776

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1960s Building Site Cathedral Construction Craftsman Font People Sculpture Work


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This print captures the skilled craftsmanship of Ralph Beyer as he meticulously carves the baptismal font in Coventry Cathedral. The photograph showcases Beyer's dedication and talent, highlighting his role in creating the iconic nave inscriptions for the cathedral. Ralph Beyer, a renowned letter carver and sculptor, was commissioned to work on this monumental project during the construction of Coventry Cathedral between the mid-1950s and 1962. In this image, we witness him transforming a massive boulder from Bethlehem into an exquisite baptismal font. This boulder, aptly named the Boulder from Bethlehem upon its unveiling at the cathedral in 1960, adds an extra layer of significance to Beyer's artistry. The photo transports us back to a bustling building site in the 1960s when Coventry Cathedral was taking shape. Amidst all that activity stands Beyer with unwavering focus and precision as he shapes stone into beauty. His passion for his craft is palpable through every stroke of his chisel. This snapshot not only commemorates an important moment in Coventry Cathedral's history but also pays homage to Ralph Beyer's immense contribution as both a craftsman and artist. It serves as a testament to his skillful hands that brought life to such an extraordinary piece of sculpture within this sacred space.

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