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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester Cathedral

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

North/South Transepts

Bishop Walkelin began construction of the present cathedral at Winchester in 1079. The major standing remains of this original building are the three-storeyed north and south transepts. Their powerful Romanesque architecture gives a marvellous impression of what the old Norman church must have looked like. The stone was imported from the Isle of White, while the finely cut columns of the upper levels are believed to have been salvaged from the ruins of the old Roman city.

Both transepts now encompass several small chapels. The Epiphany Chapel, in the North Transept, is notable for its pre-Raphaelite windows designed by Burne-Jones. Prior Silkstede's, in the South Transept, houses the grave of the famous 17th century writer and fisherman, Isaak Walton. Above is the cathedral's museum in the Triforium Gallery.

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