WORCESTER was "exceedingly gritty and salty" and Durham was
"disappointingly bland", but none came close to the horror of the
"foul, sickly sweet" Wakefield.
When Lawrence Edmonds agreed to a bet to lick every Anglican
cathedral in the UK, he had little idea of what taste to expect.
After travelling more than 5000 miles on his quest, which began in
January last year, he has become quite the connoisseur.
"Not only is Lichfield Cathedral quite tasty: it is also an
incredibly attractive building," he writes on his blog, which is a
testament to his appreciation of ecclesiastical architecture as
much as its flavour. Mr Lawrence, a 26-year-old employee of English
Heritage, said that he was stunned by the "complex and beautiful"
fan-vaulting at Gloucester Cathedral, and moved by the way in which
he sensed that Coventry Cathedral "exudes an atmosphere of
forgiveness" ("I just hope that that they will forgive me for
Apart from encounters with burly security men, bemused tourists
("If you can count on one nationality to be up for taking a photo
of you licking an ecclesiastical building, it's the Dutch") and an
unimpressed attendant at Chelmsford, Mr Edmonds hopes that his
endeavours will help "promote the outstanding cathedrals we have in
Having safely licked all 42 cathedrals in England - Mr Edmonds
"tongued" York Minster this month - he has until 16 December to
tackle the 20 in the rest of the UK. The author of the bet, his
flatmate, Adam Drury, is hoping that the Cathedral of the Isles, on
the Isle of Cumbrae, proves a bridge too far. If Mr Edmonds
succeeds, Mr Drury will pay the forfeit of a streak outside York
Minster on a cold winter's day.