17 February 2011

The Great Screen

As mentioned in yesterday's post Winchester Cathedral suffered damage during the English Civil War and here is another part of it that had to be replaced - The Great Screen. It was originally erected with the aid of funds left by Cardinal Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester. Work began in 1455 and continued for the next twenty years.

Unfortunately the originals were all destroyed by Oliver Cromwell's soldiers during the English Civil War in the 17th Century and the present figures are 19th century replacements - hence the screen includes Queen Victoria. The screen contains figures of 4 archangels, 28 Saints, 13 Bishops of Winchester, 6 King, 3 Queens, and 3 others with links to Winchester.

11 comments:

  1. Oliver Cromwell was not as bad as popular history has painted him, but he certainly was misguided in his interpretation of what would or would not please God!
    A beautiful screen though relatively modern.

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  2. Magnificent Cathedral. ... 28 Saints! Surely they could have added two more and made around 30.

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  3. It's certainly impressive - thanks for dropping by!

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  4. What an outstanding cathedral and photo.

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  5. Pity, the ravages of Cromwell and Henry VIII before him, all those abbeys ruined.

    Still very beautiful and good of you to point out that Queen Vic is amongst the saints!

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  6. Well, I'm glad the screen survived at least. It's magnificent.

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  7. The bottom picture doesn't show up in Google Chrome but does in Firefox.

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  8. That is amazing. So many details.

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  9. I always felt that it didn't quite match, even though it was beautiful.

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