Saturday, 14 August 2010

Winchester Cathedral

Before we went to St Cross, we stopped in the centre of Winchester to visit the cathedral.

Flying buttresses on the south side of the cathedral which seemed to fascinate Marie.

Bishop William of Wykeham in his Chantry Chapel at the cathedral. He was Bishop of Winchester from 1367 to 1404. He was also the founder of Winchester College and New College Oxford (hence our interest). He was also responsible for completing the major rebuilding of the Nave of the cathedral.

Statue in memory of William Walker 1869 to 1918, a diver who saved the cathedral with his own hands!In 1906–1911, working in water up to a depth of 20 feet, he shored up the Cathedral, using more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks.

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Given the family connection we had to walk to Winchester college (despite the rain). This took us past this wonderful looking timber framed building and then through St Swithin's gate (on the right in the photo).

St Swithins Gate (I hope I have the name right!)from the other side.

The entrance to Winchester College. The college was founded in 1382 by William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester. It was founded in conjunction with New College, Oxford, for which it was designed to act as a feeder: the buildings of both colleges were designed by master mason William Wynford.

It is now a boys' fee-charging private school and claims the longest unbroken history of any school in England. It is the oldest of the original nine English public schools defined by the Public Schools Act 1868.

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