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Winchester Cathedral

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maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 12 Feb 2014 22:33

At the turn of the 20th century, Winchester Cathedral started sinking. It was built on a high water table, and a 13th century extension had beech logs for foundations. The cathedral was saved by a diver called William Walker who, over 6 years went into the flooded undercroft with bags of cement and created a solid base.
He worked tirelessly from 1906 until 1911 supporting the Cathedral using more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks and 900,000 bricks.
He worked in almost complete darkness in the peaty water 13 feet above his head which was filled with sediment.
There is an Antony Gormley statue in the undercroft now, which, when it rains gets wet feet.
Now it has more than wet feet!
The water has reached it's upper thighs!!

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 12 Feb 2014 22:59

We could do with some divers to go down and save some historic buildings now.
Some interesting facts there Maggie.

maggiewinchester

maggiewinchester Report 12 Feb 2014 23:22

You're so right. This flooding is unfortunately going to undermine some ancient foundations.