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Campaigner scales Winchester Cathedral

A campaigner climbed onto a roof at Winchester Cathedral in the early hours of this morning.

He was protesting about the circumstances surrounding the death of Haydn Burton, who died at Winchester Prison earlier this year.

Mr Burton was a member of the splinter group New Fathers 4 Justice and campaigned for children's and parents' rights.

The protestor took up his position on the roof before dawn this morning and police were trying to talk him down.


Project to lift scaffold onto cathedral roof delayed

An operation to lift 27 tons of scaffolding onto the roof of Winchester Cathedral for repairs to be carried out has been delayed. After months of planning and preparation it was decided this morning that more weight was actually needed as ballast on the gigantic crane that's being used. It's hoped the delicate operation to raise seven huge sections of framework onto the top of the East End of the cathedral will go ahead tomorrow instead.

The framework scaffolding is in seven sections and weighs 27 tons Credit: ITV Meridian
Crowds that gathered to watch the spectacle were left disappointed Credit: ITV Meridian

Winchester Cathedral architect Nick Cox explains why the operation had to be cancelled today.

Could royal bones lie in Winchester Cathedral?

A discovery in Winchester Cathedral could provide clues to the birth of our nation.

The chests are being analysed after its thought the bones of early royal families of England and three bishops could be inside.

Experts from the University of Oxford and Bristol are working to record and analyse the chests' contents and find out what they could uncover about the nation's history.

he Chests are thought to contain the mortal remains of some of the early Royal Families of Wessex and of England Credit: Winchester Cathedral

This is an exciting moment for the Cathedral when we seem poised to discover that history has indeed safeguarded the mortal remains of some of the early Saxon Kings who became the first monarchs of a united England.

Winchester holds the secrets of the birth of the English nation and it does seem that some of those secrets are about to be revealed as future research continues.

The presence of the bones in the Cathedral, where they would have been placed near the High Altar and the relics of St Swithun, remind us just how significant the inspiration of the Christian faith was for the foundation of our national life.”

– The Dean of Winchester, The Very Revd James Atwell
Winchester Cathedral has clues to the birth of our nation Credit: Winchester Cathedral

Funeral of Dorset composer Sir John Tavener today

John Tavener with his wife Maryanna Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The funeral of the renowned composer Sir John Tavener has taken place this morning at Winchester Cathedral.

The 69-year-old was one of the country's most celebrated contemporary composers with his music performed at the funeral of Diana Princess of Wales.