The Saints and Shrines of England

In her blog for the season of All Saints, Hallowtide, The Clerk of Oxford takes a tour around the pre-Reformation shrines of England - or the places where they used to be.

This striking monument stands in a central position in Winchester Cathedral, behind the high altar, and surrounded by empty space. It commemorates the medieval shrine of St Swithun, which was destroyed at the Reformation, and the inscription reads (in Latin on the floor, in English on the monument itself):

Whatever partakes of God is safe in God. All that could perish of Saint Swithun, being enshrined within this place and throughout many ages hallowed by the veneration and honoured by the gifts of faithful pilgrims from many lands, was by a later age destroyed. None could destroy his glory.

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Tags: A Clerk of Oxford, St Withen, Winchester

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