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Winchester Cathedral – Penetrometer Testing

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Corehard Technicians have been undertaking penetrometer testing in the South Transept of Winchester Cathedral.

This was enabled by removal of clay tiles at several locations to allow dynamic cone penetrometer to provide ground resistance information for up to 8m depth below floor level where achievable.

Such testing was considered to be a low impact means of determining underlying structure which would also identify possible locations of historic burials and  each location had been selected by Archaeologists and Engineers involved with maintaining fabric of the Grade 1 listed cathedral that stands today.

The tests were carried out in South Transept lobby close to the tomb of Bishop Wilberforce who had the legendary encounter with Thomas Huxley at the 1860 Oxford evolution debate.



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