After the First World War, changes in the precincts included the placing of two additional bells in the Cathedral bell tower in memory of bell ringers who had died; conversion of the Bowling Green into a Memorial Garden with its memorial cross; and conversion of the Bastion Chapel into a Memorial Chapel. It is entered from the War Memorial Garden (Images 1 to 3).
The bastion, originally used as a guard house, forms part of the medieval city walls (Image 4). It is open from time to time for services and for guided tours and visits.
What to see inside:
- Striking example of squared blocks of chalk and flint (Image 5)
- Altar with Purbeck marble top (Image 6)
- Bronze sword on top of the altar (Image 7)
- Examples of ccoloured glass panes (Images 8 and 9)
- Wall text in chalk block ‘A place where Prayer is wont made’ Acts 16:13 (Image 10)
- Ceiling timber of oak (Image 11)
For another city bastion used as a chapel see the Zoar chapel page.
For more on neighbouring features of interest click here
Source: Guided tour by Patricia Jukes and associated Cathedral handout. Steve Rogers provided several of the photographs.