The tower of Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury in Portsmouth has long has been a leading light to homecoming ships. The sea is very much part of this engaging church; its weather vain is a Golden Barque.
On the sunny afternoon we visited, a small chamber orchestra was rehearsing for a concert that evening. The sun flooded through the windows of the nave, built on the plan of a Greek cross. There is a simple wooden block model, halfway up in a side aisle, that shows what we have is several churches in one: An early church, and Transitional chancel, some William and Mary Classical, and a cruciform west end (where the music played).
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