Frederick Gibberd was the architect who won the competition
for the design of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Liverpool. As I
understand, he queried why so many of his staff were not staying on as
they usually did in the evening - he was told "because of the
competition". When told about the work, he decided there and then to enter
- the rest is history.
As always in a project of this importance, various designs were
submitted by me for the bell tower, porch and all the doors. Illustration
No. 1 is such a design, which symbolised the resurrection. On showing it
to Freddie, he remarked that it was "rather busy". I stated that the
Resurrection was going to be busy - but this design was rejected and
figure No. 2 was accepted. This symbolised the crosses on Calvery. The
right-hand cross describes the thief who repented and who stated his
belief in Christ and his teaching. The Crown is the Crown of Christ the
King. All the stonework carving is related to the New Testament, and the
bronze doors relate to the Old Testament.
The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel.
Also out of the midst therefore
came the likeness of four living creatures.
And this was their
appearances: they had the likeness of a man.
And everyone had four
faces and everyone had four wings.
And their feet were straight feet;
and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot and sparkled
like the colour of burnished brass.
And they had the hands of a man
under their wings on their four sides; and the four had their faces and
Their wings were joined one to another they turned not
when they went; they went everyone straight forward.
As for the
likeness of their faces the four had the face of a man and the face of a
lion, on the right side; and they four had the face of an ox on the left
side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
Thus were their faces;
and their wings were stretched upwards to wings of everyone were joined
one to another and two covered their bodies.
Revelation 4 - John the Divine
And round the throne were four
beasts full of eyes before and behind.
And the first beast was like a
lion and the second beast like a calf; and the third beast had a face as a
man and the fourth beast was as a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had
each of them six wings about him and they were full of eyes
They rest not night nor day saying Holy, holy, holy.
God Almighty: which was and is, and is to come.
These beasts symbolised the four apostles - Matthew - Mark - Luke and
John. A fitting entry, symbolising the link between the Old and New