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Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester

A Description of Its Fabric and a Brief History of the Episcopal See

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Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 34,734 / 111 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 397
Added to site: 2007.01.13 15801
Genre: History

existence. In 1079, the Winchester Annals relate, this bishop began to rebuild the cathedral from its very foundations, as was commonly done by the Norman ecclesiastics of the time. According to this account, it was in 1086 that the king granted Walkelin, for the completion of his new building, as much wood from the forest of Hempage (three miles distant from the city on the Alresford road) as he could cut in four days and nights. Walkelin collected all the men he could, and within the given time removed the whole forest. The king, passing its site, cried: "Am I bewitched? or have I taken leave of my senses?" But the bishop, when he heard of his anger, pleaded to be allowed to resign the see if he might but keep the chaplaincy and the king's favour. At this William relented, saying: "I was as much too liberal in my grant as you were too greedy in availing yourself of it" (Willis). In 1093 the new church was formally consecrated, and on April 8, "in the presence of almost all the bishops and abbots of England,



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