When you look at the rebuilds of these buildings and how wonderful they now look you have to wonder why all the dithering about the Christchurch Cathedral was going on?
Dithering because of politics, both within the Anglican church and certain former politicians and individuals, who decided to interfere with the decision on how to proceed. Also a bit different of dealing with a building damaged by successive earthquakes, as opposed to the impact of bombing or shelling. One issue about the cathedral that these restored buildings were unlikely to be faced with was damage to foundations and the condition of the ground.
Now the ratepayer and taxpayer is on the hook I guess money will be no object.
But who paid for all the rebuilds in Germany after WW2? I'm not religious in the slightest but there should have been no question at all about rebuilding the Christchurch icon. It is one of the very few historic buildings in the country and it features on all the Christchurch Council documentation as well
If there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven is that an indication as to the expected traffic flows?
I visited some of these places in 2015 and I found it really profound. It sparked an interest in the great war I never had before. If you have any interest at all in military history the WWI battlefields are a must visit. That war did more to shape our modern world than anything since.
But who paid for all the rebuilds in Germany after WW2?
The USA through the Marshall Plan. I suspect Chc council would be declined if they applied for it to rebuild...
Lovely set of photos and words.
Thank you Calum, I have looked through your thread on the subject; our paths did indeed cross. It was a fascinating experience and all I can do at this stage is recommend the tour company, Camalou Battlefield Tours, husband and wife team Christian and Annette, both of whom ran the tour.
Based in Vlamatinge, a kilometre from Ieper, the pair really know their stuff and know the landscape and the stories well. Their service is great and it was Annette who was able to locate Poperinge airfield for me, which I specifically asked about. There were four in the vicinity. I requested a New Zealand specific tour and in three days its very difficult to cover everywhere the Kiwis stopped, especially across the Somme region to Le Quesnoy in a day, they got the most well known stuff covered, which was important. The problem is you could spend months touring round Flanders alone trying to trace the course of the war, and you still wouldn't see every memorial, every cemetery and every visitor centre.