A POPULAR access route at Winchester Cathedral is closing for essential maintenance. 

Curle’s Passage, which links the Inner and Outer Closes, will close from April 15-19 for essential works, cleaning, and scaffolding installation to be carried out by cathedral masons.

There will be a diversion route in place through the cathedral for members of the public to access the city centre from the Inner Close and vice-versa. 

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The cathedral stonemasons will be undertaking conservation work on the windows and surrounding stonework between the two flying buttresses. This will be the first of such projects as they move eastward along the south side of the nave over the coming years.

The work will include cleaning, conservation, and some replacement of decayed stonework. There will also be conservation of the medieval stained glass by a specialist contractor, who will work alongside the cathedral stonemasons.

The closure timing are: April 15 9am - 4.30pm, April 16 9am - 4.30pm, April 17 11am - 4.30pm, April 18 9am - 12am and April 19 12am - 4.30pm.