The architectural history of Chichester cathedral

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W. H. Mason, 1861 - Architecture - 218 pages
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Page xxv - February, and the afternoon service was performed in the nave of the cathedral, as usual, on the following day, but was interrupted by the urgent necessity for shoring up a part of the facing of the south-west pier, .which had exhibited new symptoms of giving way. The workmen were now employed, early and late, in desperate attempts to avert the approaching ruin, which was continually heralded by new evidences of weakness.
Page xxvi - Next day the effort was resumed before daybreak; but by noon "the continual failing of the shores showed, too plainly, that the fall was inevitable." Just before half-past one "the spire was seen to incline slightly to the south-west, and then to descend perpendicularly into the church, as one telescope tube slides into another, the mass of the tower crumbling beneath it. The fall was an affair of a few seconds, and was complete at half-past one.
Page xxix - ... was seen to incline slightly to the south-west, and then to descend perpendicularly into the church, as one telescope tube slides into another, the mass of the tower crumbling beneath it The stones and dust from the base of the tower rushed into the nave, choir, and transepts, and rapidly crumbling at the bottom as it descended, the mass subsided in the centre of the church, and the top of the spire falling at last to the south-west, threw the capstone against the abutment of one of the flying...
Page xxv - ... by the urgent necessity for shoring up a part of the facing of the south-west pier which had exhibited new symptoms of giving way. The workmen were now employed early and late in desperate attempts to avert the approaching ruin, which was continually heralded by new evidences of weakness. Still, the men went on diligently applying shores, struts, and braces, while the piers were bulging and cracking and failures increasing around them. On Wednesday crushed mortar began to pour from the old fissures,...
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Page xxvi - Yet the workmen continued to add shoring until 3.30 am in the morning of the next day, notwithstanding tlw violent storm of wind which arose in the evening, and beat first on the North-east side of the church, but as night advanced came with unabated force from the South-west. On Thursday the 21st even before daylight the work was resumed. Seventy men working with most commendable enthusiasm and courage under very great personal risk, made strenuous efforts to increase the number of shores under...
Page xiv - ... arch responds, between which they stand in such a manner as effectually to prevent the latter from bulging out. The fractured and distorted masonry of the nave was also repaired or rebuilt, its triforium spaces walled up, and other buttressing contrivances introduced. The great windows of the tower were also filled up with...
Page xxv - Shores were therefore resorted to. But in the next place the walling began to bulge towards the end of January 1861, first in the north-west pier and afterwards in the south. Cracks and fissures, some opening and others closing, and the gradual deformation of the arches in the transept walls and elsewhere indicated that fearful movements were taking place throughout the parts of the walls connected with the western piers, and it was then determined that the bulging of the piers should be checked...
Page 27 - Dugdale, not being content to stay till his uncle's natural death) prepared poison to despatch him quickly, which, being discovered, so highly incensed the good old man that in the...

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