The cloister garden in Chester Cathedral was used for growing herbs for medicines and for flavouring food. In 2008 it was replanted with a variety of rare and unusual plants. Hollyhocks, which were a popular garden plant when I was young are now rarely found outside large or specialist gardens.
The centre-piece of the garden is this sculpture - The Water of Life - which was created in 1994 by Stephen Broadbent to represent Jesus and the Nameless Woman of Samaria (John 4:7,9)
Jesus met this Samaritan woman and asked her for a drink. It is inferred that the woman complied immediately with the thirsty Man’s request for a drink of refreshing water, even though she could see by His features and dress that He belonged to the nation who hated her people.
As she drew water from the well she asked Him, “How is it that thou, being a Jew, asketh drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria?” Little did she realise that in her willingness to give the Jew a drink she was fulfilling the Christian law toward Him, “If he thirst—even if he is thine enemy—give him drink.”
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