Monday, 28 November 2016

Winchester - the long one

Back to muscular Romanesque! Here I was, gazing up at the north transept with its massive triple-decker tiering.

Winchester is dedicated to the Holy Trinity, Saint Peter, Saint Paul, and Saint Swithun. St Swithun’s shrine was moved around the church to several locations. Sadly it was destroyed during the Reformation.

The Normans got to work only four years after their victory at Hastings. When they finished on the nave it was the longest cathedral in England. While in its current form it is shorter in length, but an outstanding sweep of Perpendicular, and at 556 feet it is still the longest.

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