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BELL TOWER OF CHICHESTER DETACHED FROM THE CATHEDRAL

BELL TOWER OF CHICHESTER DETACHED FROM THE CATHEDRAL

This is the only surviving cathedral belfry isolated from the main building. There used to be one at Salisbury, but this was demolished about 1789 by that ruthless "restorer" the architect Wyatt. The Chichester bell tower or campanile is 120 feet high, and commands a view which stretches south to Selsey Bill and the Channel. The tower was put up during the fifteenth century. Among the bells the oldest was cast in 1583, and on another, "Big Walter" weighing 74 cwt, the hours are sounded. The left-hand photograph shows the entrance

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