5.2 Stone


The builders constructing an abbey in Winchester faced the problem of there being no local source of building stone except for flint. Whist acceptable for foundations and infill of walls, this material was unacceptable for facework to the builders of the abbey, who were aiming to build a new abbey at Hyde that would rival the best in Europe. With the building of the new abbey New Minster would become redundant. However a fundamental tenet of the Benedictines was that there should be continuity of services which was unbroken day and night, 365 days a year. The abbey would have access, of course, to the building stone of the New Minster, but this would not have been available until at least the East end of the new building, and possibly the transepts as well, had been completed sufficiently for services to continue on the move to Hyde in 1110.

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