Winchester Cathedral at Night 1 by Bob Culshaw

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Shot in RAW and processed in CS4.

Canon EOS 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens at 17mm. ISO 200, 8secs at f4.

Construction of the cathedral began in 1079 under Bishop Walkelin, and on April 8, 1093, in the presence of nearly all the bishops and abbots of England, the monks removed from Saxon cathedral church of the Old Minster to the new one, “with great rejoicing and glory” to mark its completion. The earliest part of the present building is the crypt, which dates from that time. William II of England and his older brother, Richard, Duke of Bernay are both buried in the cathedral. The squat, square crossing tower was begun in 1202 to replace an earlier version which collapsed, partly due to the unstable ground on which the cathedral is built. It has an indisputably Norman look to it. Work continued on the cathedral during the 14th century, in 1394 the remodelling of the Norman nave commenced to the designs of master mason William Wynford, this continued into the 15th and 16th centuries, notably with the building of the retroquire to accommodate the many pilgrims to the shrine of Saint Swithun. After King Henry VIII seized control of the Catholic Church in England, and declared himself head of the Church of England, the Benedictine foundation, the Priory of Saint Swithun, was dissolved (1539) and the cloister and chapter house were demolished, but the cathedral continued.

Restoration work was carried out by T.G. Jackson during the years 1905–1912, including the famous saving of the building from total collapse. Some waterlogged foundations on the south and east walls were reinforced by a diver, William Walker, packing the foundations with more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks and 900,000 bricks. He worked six hours a day from 1906 to 1912 in total darkness at depths up to 6 m, and is credited with saving the cathedral from total collapse. For his troubles he was awarded the MVO.

The Cathedral is Listed Grade 1 by English Heritage

206 viewings at 20th January 2010

Featured in the ‘A View Somewhere…’ Group 20th January 2010

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  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerabout 5 years ago

    fantastic night capture!

  • Thank you so much Tara, I appreciate your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 5 years ago

    Amazing night shot dear Bob! thanks for the storyline:)

  • Thank you so much Svetlana, you are a gem!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...about 5 years ago

    Excellent night shot Bob.

  • Thank you so much Richard, I always appreciate your comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    That is wonderful sweet, – wish I had not stayed in bed!! LOL.

  • Thank you so much Anna – we photographers don’t have time for bed you know! Thanks for favouriting too. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful detail and angle for shooting Bob, enjoyed the write-up too

  • Thank you so much David for your generous comments.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • ericseyes
    ericseyesabout 5 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing and thanks to the diver for his efforts that saved it.

  • Thank you so much Eric. Indeed the efforts of the diver were incredible. The Crypt is actually now below the local water table!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 5 years ago

    Spot-on night shot, Bob…..WTG!

  • Thank you so much Pat I truly appreciate your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Wood
    Catherine Woodabout 5 years ago

    Terrific detail in your image, Bob. Lovely shot.

  • Thank you so much Catherine for your lovely comment. I hope that you are feeling better now. Best regards.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Barbara Ingersoll
    Barbara Ingersollabout 5 years ago

    You captured the gorgeous architecture beautifully!

  • Thank you so much Barbara for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    bob this is wonderful

  • Thank you so much your comment is very much appreciated.

    – Bob Culshaw

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