A flying visit to Winchester Cathedral

Last week on our back back to London from Herefordshire we stopped off in Winchester to make a quick trip to the Cathedral. Sitting in the centre of greenery you walk under an avenue of trees to be confronted with the splendour of this enormous gothic building. Built between 11th and the 16th century much is unchanged today. 

Medieval floor tiles from the 13th century said to be the largest collection of tiles from this period in England. It is within these smaller details shown in the last few images that really makes me think about all the people that have passed through this space. The thousands of footsteps that have made their way across the floor and it still stands the test of time. 

There were several reasons I wanted to take a look inside one was the see the Antony Gormley Sculpture Sound II 1986 positioned in one of the oldest parts of the Cathedral the crypt. 

One lone figure stands with cupped hands in a cavernous space filled with atmosphere after long periods of rain the crypt floods and this lead sculpture human in scale is opened up to the elements continuously changing and dependant up on the weather conditions. 

The day we visited it was dry but there were still traces and marks on the floor where the previous flooding had been. 

The second reason was to see the Burne Jones stained glass windows in the Epiphany Chapel. Created at William Morris' workshops in 1910 the four stained glass windows sit in the tiny chapel depicting the life of the Virgin Mary. Reminiscent of the period each central image is encased with highly detailed and exquisitely crafted flora and foliage. 

 The final reason was I had a proposal to write!