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  View of the Quire and Nave, Southwark Cathedral, London, England   Southwark Cathedral.

Southwark Cathedral has dominated the south bank of the River Thames for over 900 years but started life as a monastry church being given cathedral status in 1905.

This shows the Quire looking through the tower crossing to the Nave beyond.

 

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  View of the Tower Crossing, Southwark Cathedral, London, England   Southwark Cathedral.

The Tower Crossing ceiling, with the Nave to the right and the Chancel to the left, includes bosses from the wooden vaulting of 1469 and the chandelier was a gift from an innkeeper's wife in 1680.

 

 

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  Photograph of the Quire and Great Screen, Southwark Cathedral London, England   Southwark Cathedral.

The Quire, Sanctuary and Great Screen. This amazing screen was erected in 1520 encasing the central column of the two arches that led through to the retro-quire.

 

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  Photograph of the Retro Quire, Southwark Cathedral, London, England   Southwark Cathedral.

The Retro-Quire is the oldest complete part of the cathedral, having been started in 1215, and is the oldest Gothic building in London. It is divided into a number of bays and was used as an ambulatory.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I it was screened off and let to a baker but the vestrymen were disturbed later on to find that he was also keeping pigs in the building. By 1623 it was, once again, part of the church.

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