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  • Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • Saturdays and Bank Holidays
    10-21 Sep: open for worship only
  • FREE ENTRY

Moving the Medieval Knight

The Cathedral’s oldest resident – the so-called ‘Unknown Knight’ – is finally receiving the attention he deserves!

Just before Christmas, the stone effigy, thought to date from the early 14th century, was removed by Skillington Workshop from the niche that he’s been hidden away in for the last 100 or so years.

After careful conservation, it will be moved to a specially constructed new plinth in St Margaret’s Chapel, where the knight belonged before it was moved to the South Transept in the 1800s.

In this video interview, Skillington’s founder and Managing Director, Dr David Carrington, talks us through the delicate operation of moving the sculpture:

(Subtitles are available by selecting ‘CC’ from the YouTube player.)

The monument is known as the ‘Unknown Knight’ because historians have never been able to determine his identity with absolute certainty – although there are several theories… (More on those in a later blog post!)

During their conservation work, David and his team will be keeping an eye out for clues, including traces of surviving paint from when the sculpture is supposed to have originally been brightly coloured.

This blockbuster-style trailer teases some of the behind-the-scenes work that is currently taking place:

Watch this space for more updates about the Unknown Knight. And if you’re not already, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive updates.

This work is taking place alongside our National Lottery Heritage Fund building project, Common Ground in Sacred Space, due for completion in summer 2021.