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After the First World War, changes in the precincts included the placing of two additional bells in the Cathedral bell tower in memory of bell ringers who had died; conversion of the Bowling Green into a Memorial Garden with its memorial cross; and conversion of the Bastion Chapel into a Memorial Chapel.  It is entered from the War Memorial Garden (Images 1 to 3).

 

The bastion, originally used as a guard house, forms part of the medieval city walls (Image 4).  It is open from time to time for services and for guided tours and visits.

 

What to see inside:

 

  • Striking example of squared blocks of chalk and flint (Image 5)

  • Altar with Purbeck marble top (Image 6)

  • Bronze sword on top of the altar (Image 7)

  • Examples of ccoloured glass panes  (Images 8 and 9)

  • Wall text in chalk block 'A place where Prayer is wont made' Acts 16:13 (Image 10)

  • Ceiling timber of oak (Image 11)

 

 

For another city bastion used as a chapel see the Zoar chapel page.  

For more on neighbouring features of interest click here

 

Source: Guided tour by Patricia Jukes and associated Cathedral handout.  Steve Rogers provided several of the photographs.

 

 

 

 

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Bastion chapel

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