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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester Cathedral

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

Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel at the far east end of the second longest cathedral in Europe was completely remodelled into its present form around 1498, though the underlying fabric is essentially 13th & 14th century. It is believed that Queen Elizabeth, wife of King Henry VII, may have instigated this last of the major architectural work undertaken at the cathedral. She wished it to stand as a thanks offering for the safe delivery, within the cathedral precincts, of her son and heir, Prince Arthur, only twelve years earlier.

The chapel is decorated with a beautiful series of early 16th century wall-paintings depicting Miracles of Our Lady. However those on display are actually perfect reconstructions on protective covering panels. The golden reredos commemorates the Hampshire novelist, Charlotte Young.

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