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WINCHESTER STATION APPROACH – Lessons from history Part 1

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

Winchester Cathedral Great West Window and Lierne Vaulted nave. Image: Christopher Tipping

Have you ever thought what is up there, caught between the vaulted ceiling and the external roof? It was this hidden void in the attic, described as a forest , which so disastrously burned at Notre Dame in April this year. On Wednesday 19th June this year I ventured up the Tower of Winchester Cathedral to reach the same space. I have really wanted to venture into this cavernous space – between the 14th & 15th Century vaulted nave we see in the image above and the original massive timbered roof – for years. This timbered structure is what pilgrims and locals would have seen & looked up into prior to the nave being constructed. It is the most amazing floating world – a void – a medieval secret.

Massive Oak timbers in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Massive Oak timbers in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping

This is the timber walkway inside the void space, which sits atop the massive oak beams which cross the nave . The walkway disappears into the bell tower and Norman part of the Cathedral. Images do not do this space justice. This is the longest Cathedral nave in Europe. The Lierne Vaulted Ceiling lies just below the cross beam timbers.

Massive Oak timbers in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Human touches in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral. There is a story to this image, but I have forgotten it ! Image: Christopher Tipping
Human touches – centuries of scratched graffiti decorate the stone window tracery in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral. Image: Christopher Tipping
Human touches – centuries of scratched graffiti decorate the stone window tracery in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral. Image: Christopher Tipping
It got in but didn’t get out. Racing Pigeon in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral. Image: Christopher Tipping
Massive Oak timbers in the roof void of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
The bell ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Details in the bell ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Details in the bell ringing chamber of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping

‘The cathedral possesses the only diatonic ring of fourteen church bells in the world. The back twelve were all cast by John Taylor & Co in 1937. They were augmented to fourteen when two new bells were added in 1992 by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. One bell was cast by Anthony Bond, an itinerant Founder in 1621.’ Wikipedia Ref

Up in the Bell Tower of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Up in the Bell Tower of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Up in the Bell Tower of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Up in the Bell Tower of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping

This image – above – shows Norman stone carving high up in the Bell Tower. Quite amazing to get so close to it.

Interesting patches and and repairs to the lead sheeting up on the roof of Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping
Up on the roof – the views are pretty spectacular. Winchester Cathedral Image: Christopher Tipping