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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester Cathedral

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


The choir of Winchester Cathedral stands immediately below the central tower crossing. This was the place where the monks from the attached priory would sing their eight daily services and also celebrate high mass.
The area is furnished with a most impressive set of magnificently carved early 14th century choir-stalls. Misericords where monks could perch their bottoms during long services depict humorous scenes from secular life, while above, delightful characters spring forth from an enchanted woodland scene: a knight with his sword at the ready, a falconer with his bird of prey. Records even show that the work was undertaken by a Norfolk craftsman named William Lyngewode! George Gilbert Scott cleverly designed the openwork screen, separating the choir from the nave, in 1875, in order to blend ancient with modern.

Next Stop: Retrochoir

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