E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester Cathedral


Mediaeval tiles


I quite liked these tiles and thought they had an almost 3-dimensional effect, but I'm not entirely sure if that shows in the picture.

You will probably notice that some of these tiles have been carefully conserved or repaired. (quote from -here-)
"Recently conserved, the tile pavement of the retrochoir dating from 1260-80, is the largest surviving spread of medieval decorated floor tiles within a building in England."
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Winchester Cathedral


Mediaeval tiles


I quite liked these tiles and thought they had an almost 3-dimensional effect, but I'm not entirely sure if that shows in the picture.

You will probably notice that some of these tiles have been carefully conserved or repaired. (quote from -here-)
"Recently conserved, the tile pavement of the retrochoir dating from 1260-80, is the largest surviving spread of medieval decorated floor tiles within a building in England."
.

comments (20)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2009, 00:23
These tiles certainly have that three dimensional effect on my screen Ellie
EJWilkins: Phew, I wasn't sure it'd show up for everybody. Screens being different and so on.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 00:27
I agree, definite depth to them. At first I thought it was one of those raised rubber mats with all the holes punched in them to let water drain away!
EJWilkins: That's almost exactly what I first thought when I saw these tiles, it was so odd - and very clever.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 22 Jul 2009, 01:35
They sure look 3D to me, too. A really nice picture, with a good collection of colors...
EJWilkins: And very old too
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 02:03
Because I had just come from Louis' post, I immediately saw snake skin, Ellie. Yikes. It does seem palpable!
EJWilkins: A definite texture of some sort, a clever visual trick
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 04:20
This has a very nice feel to it. The angle adds dimension, and the lighting is perfect Ellie!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:39
Amazing detail, well captured here Elle smile
EJWilkins: Amazing, and yet so simple really don't you think?
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2009, 05:50
Look like they would be painful to walk on Ellie
EJWilkins: They were perfectly flat, fortunately.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jul 2009, 06:54
Excellent, Ellie!
One tends to look UP in places like this, and so miss the elegance, underfoot!
EJWilkins: At Winchester Cathedral there's so much to see - in all directions
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2009, 07:37
Clearly 3-D, it must where those guys that paint the sports fields for TV have gotten their cue.
EJWilkins: Maybe so Louis. To think the people who designed and made these tiles didn't have technological wizardry to help them - just their imagination
Definitly a 3D effect here Ellie. The light is superb!
EJWilkins: The lighting within the Cathedral is well arranged, and they welcome photographers too
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jul 2009, 09:08
The 3D effect is quite apparently, Ellie, especially in the bottom right. You've done well to show this without people in the shot.
EJWilkins: There weren't too many people there that day. I'm not sure Winchester Cathedral gets as busy with tourists as some of the other ones - not sure why
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jul 2009, 09:11
It is a beautiful pic taken from an unusual angle- so that we can see the fine tiles while looking down- mostly the eyes like to go upstairs - I love the lighting and the silence I can feel in this aisle of the cathedral (no persons)! Only the heating on the left side disturbs a little the look (was there not any other possibility for heating?).
EJWilkins: Re the radiators - the Victorians did it! Radiators and other "innovative" heating systems are in most old buildings, including the various cathedrals. They tend to leave it in place because changing it will disturb the surroundings even more - and it would be expensive too
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 22 Jul 2009, 10:46
Good capture Ellie,3d effect on my moniter
EJWilkins: Glad you can see it too
The effect shows up well Ellie..That is quite a large area to maintain. Nice one.
EJWilkins: It is a large area, and people aren't kept off it either which is nice
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jul 2009, 11:44
If you are going through an medieval church, you always have to think of a spiritual meaning of all elements- so for example the tiles showing daemons- beasts could mean that you have to oppress/wipe off all bad thoughts in your mind and then your soul might slowly get up elevated to the ceiling (and their stars)...- it is a kind of inner pilgrimage while the eyes are wandering around and upstairs...- As I know there are different ways to visit and to experience such a cathedral! But the iconological observation might open some new kinds of understanding.
EJWilkins: On the Cathedral website there are children's questionnaires, including one looking at the beasts but I'm sure I won't think of referring to it next time we visit.
  • Chad Doveton
  • did I ever tell you the one about a man who though
  • 22 Jul 2009, 11:49
I thought they were three dimensional at first too, Ellie. Great deception.
EJWilkins: Clever, weren't they
It does Ellie. Great stuff!

Ange and I went to Gloucester today and went round the docks and the cathedral.
EJWilkins: Oooh, that sounds like a nice day out smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 22 Jul 2009, 20:18
I noticed right away the 3D effect. Very interesting. Beautiful shot here.
EJWilkins: I'm so pleased it worked, with people's screens and viewing angle being different I wasn't sure it would
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jul 2009, 21:01
Great set of tiles, I love that about churches/cathedrals, great eye.
EJWilkins: There's so much to see in these wonderful buildings, so much effort over the years too
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 23 Jul 2009, 22:51
Beautiful tiling!

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