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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester Cathedral

Tour the Winchester Cathedral
by David Nash Ford BA, Editor, History on Britannia

Cathedral Front

From the exterior, Winchester is perhaps not the most memorable of cathedrals. Its redeeming feature, however, is its magnificent West Front. The erection of this masterpiece of 14th century stonemasonry was instigated by Bishop Edington after he tore down the bulky twin towers of the old Norman cathedral in about 1350. It was the first phase of a major rebuilding programme at the cathedral which was only to be completed after his death. The great west window of nine lights, surmounted by a statue of St. Swithun, is the largest in the whole building and makes a dramatic impression on both first time visitors and cathedral regulars.

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