We can walk past things every day and never really notice what it is that we are passing

The entrance to the vestry from inside the Cathedral is actually the remains of the Prior’s doorway from the mediaeval Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie. 

However, it’s usually obscured by the big oak doors being open.  But just stop, push the oak doors away and you will see the most wonderful dog-tooth stone carving, pillars and the lower floor level of the original church.  To one side is the stoop that would have held holy water.  The Prior would have dipped his finger in it to make the sign of the cross as he entered to pray with his brethren. 

I stand there and wonder ‘Who walked through this doorway and what was life like for them?’  It’s a real hidden and holy part of the Cathedral that demands us  to stop and look.

The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean