How useful was the evidence in helping you find out about the development of Winchester Cathedral?
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PART 2 How useful was the evidence in helping you find out about the development of Winchester Cathedral? The different types of evidence that I used were documentary evidence such, site evidence, and oral evidence. For documentary evidence, I used things such as the official Winchester Cathedral Website, which is http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/. This place gave me information about when the Cathedral begun, (in 1079). I saw on-site evidence, such as the different styles of architecture that I saw when I visited the cathedral. I saw some Romanesque, early Tudor and Lierne style vaulting. The guide that showed us around the cathedral on the day that I went there told me that the wood from which some parts of the cathedral was made, was wood that was imported from Scandinavia. The documentary evidence was useful because it would tell me when, where and why things would happen.
It also let me see the different styles of architecture for my self. For example, I saw the old English style ceiling in the Nave and the lierne vaulting in the isle. The guide's oral evidence was useful because it helped to point out things that I did not know about the cathedral. He showed me where the stained glass window on the western side of the chapel was smashed, and then rebuilt. There were however disadvantages to the three different types of evidence that I used. The documentary evidence had gaps. There was nothing written about the early cathedral. There were only records from 1079. The documentary evidence did not always give me what I wanted. It did not tell me why the cathedral was built, so I was left to speculate. The provenances of documentary evidence were also a problem.
The main weakness in oral evidence given by guides was that guides often contradicted documentary and site evidence, and even each other! One guide told a visitor that the Choir Stall in the cathedral was made out of Scandinavian oak, and then another guide told me that the same Choir Stall was made from English oak. In conclusion, I would like to say that all three different types of evidence are needed to give you the complete picture of the development of Winchester Cathedral. One type of evidence may makeup for gaps in another type. For example, documentary evidence may tell you that there are different styles of ceiling in different parts of the cathedral, and the site evidence will let you see that and compare them, and to complete the picture oral, evidence will tell you why. Also oral evidence may tell you that something happened; the documentary evidence will tell you when it happened, and finally sit evidence will show you how it happened. By Aaron Rodericks
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