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Before and After 2

By pamelajean
Continuing my abstract series.

These Medieval encaustic floor tiles in the Retrochoir at the far end of Winchester Cathedral form part of the largest surviving spread of Medieval decorated floor tiles inside any building in England.

When I first showed a version of them on this site in 2011, I said, “It is fairly obvious that the floor is being restored, but I have yet to find out if the intention is to restore them all, or just to restore some, to reveal their former glory”.
I have since found out that they are original and replica tiles. The replicas by Diana Hall appear bright and shiny compared with the duller originals, but this is how they would once have looked.

I was delighted with the response to my trombone abstract, and with all of those lovely User Awards you so kindly gave.


Tags: Architecture Historic Medieval Restoration 12th century Winchester cathedral Floor tiles Hampshire England original and replica Retrochoir Diana Hall

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richmowil Plus
13 478 2 England
6 May 2020 7:03PM
What a difference!! So vibrant!!
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
6 May 2020 7:20PM
That is beautiful.
manicam 17 44 1 Canada
6 May 2020 7:29PM
Beautiful pattern GrinGrinGrin

JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
6 May 2020 7:53PM
A really lovely combination of old and new,
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 795 England
6 May 2020 7:59PM
What a contrast between old and new.
6 May 2020 9:32PM
Very beautiful, love the medieval patterns.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
6 May 2020 9:35PM
The restoration is very beautiful!
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 12:55AM
Excellent image and lovely tiles...
Isabel GrinGrin
franken Plus
19 5.4k 4 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 9:08AM
It makes an excellent abstract.

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
7 May 2020 10:00AM
Very beautiful, Pamela, and they do indeed make a super abstract 👍
Trev 😀
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 11:55AM
The originals have a certain charm over the new.
chase Plus
16 2.3k 601 England
7 May 2020 1:16PM
I do like the 'oldness' of the originals but the restorer has worked hard and done a great job.
Fefe Plus
10 62 38 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 2:13PM
Lovely colours!
7 May 2020 3:47PM
Good to see the contrast of old & new, great image, Pamela
Beautifully photographed and what workmanship which has endured over the years.


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