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by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 28, 2011
From journal 2 Days in Hampshire
ashbourne, United Kingdom
August 12, 2011
Cathedrals we have visited,
London, England, United Kingdom
July 4, 2010
From journal Hampshire
May 31, 2006
From journal Concussed in Winchester
April 8, 2006
From journal Week in Winchester
September 25, 2002
The building and its grounds are very accessible from the city centre and all public transportation. Entrance is by a suggested donation of £3.00 per adult. There is a fee for the library and museum of £1.00 per person, but all of the tours are free. The guided tours are led by local Winchester senior citizen volunteers. All are very knowledgeable, however not all are good at leading tours. It is hit or miss with the guides. If you are lucky enough to get a well-versed guide, they will tell you all about the amazing history of the structure.
Upon entering, you will find yourself in the nave. The nave is where the community gathers to worship. It is the longest nave in all of Europe. The nave is flanked by two long hallways on each side which are filled with graves and memorials to various town residents, bishops, priests, and military persons. The most visited of these memorials is Jane Austen's, which is highly recognizable because it is always adorned with flowers. The nave and hallways are architecturally styled in the second Gothic movement. This, however is not the original architecture. Luckily for us today, both the crypt and the transcepts have been left in the Norman style with its large, simple arches.
One of my favorite sections of the cathedral can be found just inside of the left transcept. Inside of the Holy Seplicure Chapel you can now see original Medieval paintings depicting the removal of Christ from the cross. In the mid-1960's while cleaning the paintings, a crack in the plaster was discovered. The preservationists peeled off the plaster to reveal an even older painting beneath the one that they were working on. The plaster had preserved the paint for hundreds of years, it is in remarkable condition.
Winchester's patron saint is Saint Swithun, who was at one time a Bishop of Winchester. Much of the art today contains references to this local hero. The museum contains the world-famous Winchester Bible, which was hand-created by a monk who devoted 30 years to its making. Also, you can view pieces of the original statues from the quire screen, which were demolished during the work done by Cromwell.
A visit to Winchester is certainly not complete without having a picnic on the Cathedral lawn/graveyard. If you hail from the US, this is quite a treat! You can dine on some delicious English pasties while resting under a grave from a time before your country was even a country!!
From journal A Year in Winchester
August 11, 2002
Its 556-foot nave makes this Europe’s longest medieval church. Cathedral’s choir stalls are the oldest complete set in the country. Jane Austin is commemorated by a stone close to the front. Enter the Epiphany Chapel to see the four gorgeous panels of stained glass; next to the altar you can see an 18th century Russian icon of the Baptism of Christ. North Transept is one of the best of English architecture.
The Norman Crypt contains the tomb of St. Swithun, the 9th century Bishop, originally buried outside in the churchyard. When his remains were moved inside, he took revenge and the heavens opened for 40 days. If you are going to visit Winchester in July, keep in mind that legend says that if it rains on St. Swithun’s day (July 15) it will continue for another forty.
We visited the Norman crypt too, but visitors should keep in mind that it is open in the summer only, since it’s flooded for much of the winter. From the viewing platform we could see the fine 11 – 12th century isle of the Crypt and Sound II - interesting standing figure created by Anthony Gormley.
Open 8:30 – 6, donations adult £3.50, senior/student £2.50
From journal Winchester, the ancient capital of England
December 10, 2001
Their gift shop was very nice, with many things I'd not seen in other gift shops: reproductions of various cathedral statues, etc., along with the best greeting cards! The flooding in the UK prevented us from seeing the Crypt, but it sounded very interesting, too.
There was a 4 pound admission/donation to the Cathedral, but there are Cathedral guides who conduct tours at no charge.
From journal Christmas in England - Winchester