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Winchester Cathedral

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Winchester Cathedral

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Winchester Cathedral

Many famous names are commemorated in the cathedral church – the longest in Britain – that is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester. King Alfred the Great is buried there, as is Jane Austen, (read about Jane Austen's house here) and it houses the ninth-century shrine of St Swithun. However, if it weren’t for the efforts of one of the less-known people connected with the Cathedral, the building probably wouldn’t still be standing today.

Its origins date back to the seventh century, but the Romanesque-style Cathedral itself was begun in 1079. In 1905, a number of large cracks appeared in its sides, but high water levels meant that underpinning the foundations to save the building was going to be extremely difficult. Nevertheless, for six hours a day over six years, working in total darkness and 20ft of water, diver William Walker carried out the work single-handed. A statue to him has pride of place in the Cathedral he saved for the nation.

Photo: Courtesy Winchester Cathedral


Your comments

Not only is it one of the largest cathedrals in England, it is also the final resting place of many of England's greats, from Edward the Confessor to Alfred the Great and Jane Austen. It has also seen the marriage of queens and kings of England, and is perhaps the only Cathedral to have entered popular culture with the New Vaudeville Band's 1966 hit and a Crosby, Stills and Nash tribute song.

Kayte Rath



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