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Spring clean for Winchester Cathedral's screen statues

More than 100 years of dust is being cleaned from the ornately carved stone screen behind the high altar at Winchester Cathedral.

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Image caption Conservators are cleaning the delicate stonework using hand-held vacuum cleaners and a brush to get rid of the dust
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Image caption Angels Michael and Raphael are two of four archangels on the top row of the great screen
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Image caption The screen was built between 1470-90 - the original statues were removed during the following century and the screen was restored and new statues made in 1885-1899
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Image caption According to cathedral records, it is the first time the ornate stonework has been cleaned since the 1890s
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Image caption St Gregory, free of a century of dust and grime after a thorough cleaning
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Image caption The four week top-to-bottom clean, which has been funded by the Friends of Winchester Cathedral, is due to finish on 16 February

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