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The Nave and West Window by Bob Culshaw

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The Nave and West Window of Winchester Cathedral.

295 viewings at 11th February 2010


Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens at 17mm, ISO 400, f22. 3 images +2,0,-2 EV’s bracketed in RAW, tonemapped with Details Enhancer in Photomatix 3.2.6 to create an HDR image and further processed in CS4.

I never cease to be amazed at the quality, detail and longevity of the work of the Medieval craftsmen.

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.

In 2005, the building was used as a film set for the The Da Vinci Code with the north transept used as the Vatican. Following this the cathedral hosted discussions and displays to debunk the book.

Important events which took place at Winchester Cathedral include:

  • Funeral of King Harthacanute (1042)
  • Funeral of King William II of England (1100)
  • Coronation of Henry the Young King and his queen, Marguerite (1172)
  • Second coronation of Richard I of England (1194)
  • Marriage of King Henry IV of England and Joanna of Navarre (1403)
  • Marriage of Queen Mary I of England and King Philip II of Spain (1554)
  • Funeral and burial of Jane Austen (1817)

The pair of 14th Century doors beneath the window were included in the shot for the interest of fellow Red Bubbler Steve Smith!

It is a Grade 1 Listed Building.

Featured in ‘Canon DSLR’ Group 7th December 2009

Featured in the ‘Retired and Happy’ Group 16th December 2009

Featured in ‘Christian Churches Statues and Crosses’ Group 18th January 2010

Featured in the ‘Unique Buildings of the World’ Group 19th January 2010

Featured in ‘Peace, Love and Tranquility’ Group 19th January 2010

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

Featured in ‘Religious Art and Photography’ Group 25th January 2010

Featured in ‘Photomatix HDR’ Group 12th February 2010


You may be interested in some external shots of the Cathedral:-


  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Bob!

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

    – Bob Culshaw

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

    Wow Bob.
    That is some size.
    Excellent capture.

  • Thank you so much Richard. Yes it is one of the longest Naves in England.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 5 years ago

    this is totally awesome Bob, the craftmenship is amazing.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    A stunning capture of this beautiful cathedral. x

  • Thank you so much Irene. I think our Cathedrals are an understated part of our heritage. The history and craftsmanship contained within them is amazing. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekabout 5 years ago

    Great composition Bob, I guess new church will never look like this ;))

  • Thank you Jan for your comment which I always appreciate. I don’t think we could build this now – the cost alone would be outrageous!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much for this feature I am absolutely delighted.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 5 years ago

    so dramatic, you’ve captured it well

  • Thank you so much Ryan I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago

    Have you ever been to the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool ,? My great uncle was a sculpter and there are over 100 of his works in there .

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseabout 5 years ago

    Great capture Bob, Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you so much Indrani for your sweet comment. ::))

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellabout 5 years ago
  • No I haven’t been there Irene, must go next time I am in the NW. Thanks for the fabulous information on your Uncle, sounds a great man, you must be ever so proud of him. Artistic abilities obviously run in your family! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

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