Door at Winchester Cathedral blocked under Thomas Cromwell could be reopened

Door at Winchester Cathedral blocked under Thomas Cromwell could be reopened

A Doorway at Winchester Cathedral that was blocked up during the 1500s could become a fire exit.

Doorway at Winchester Cathedral
The cathedral is seeking the city council’s permission to use the gap

The cathedral is seeking the city council’s permission to use the gap, which is in the Epiphany Chapel in North Transept.

If approved the doorway, which is only visible from the outside, will be filled with timber doors that feature metal studs and hinges.

The application reads: “The interior has been completely blocked since the Reformation.

“It is Romanesque in origin and is located on the west side of the north transept. It forms part of the first phase of building in 1079-1093 but was blocked up under orders of Thomas Cromwell’s commissioners.”

Thomas Cromwell was an English lawyer and statesman who served as chief minister to King Henry VIII of England from 1532 to 1540.

The doorway was partially opened up by Dean Kitchin in 1885. It currently has no function.

City of Winchester Trust has said it makes no objection to the plans.

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