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Wisbech, Exterior

Wisbech, Exterior

Photographer: Johnson, Edward

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 4707.g.2

Item number: 8

Length: 17.9

Width: 12.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Exterior of the church of St Peter and St Paul, Wisbech. The oldest part of the structure "is the fine series of Late Norman arches, which separate the principal or Northernmost nave from the North aisle. To the same period belongs the last arch, Westerly, on the opposite side of this nave; and the strong piers and massive walls in this part of the church are the evident supports of an ancient tower...The next and most important change took place in the Early Decorated period. To this belong the two chancel arches, the arches and piers of the South aisle with the South clere-story windows above, the West window of the Southern nave, and both the East window of the long chancel and the windows of its Northern side, as well as the arches which separate and connect the two sister-chancels. Corresponding features may be seen in the buttresses outside. The rest of the church belongs to the Late Perpendicular period."

Text by the Vicar of Wisbech J S Howson from the book 'The Fen and Marshland Churches'.

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