King Alfred the Great at Winchester Broadway

King Alfred the Great at Winchester Broadway

This evening, I am posting information on the historic city of Winchester in southern England.

In Saxon times, under the stewardship of King Alfred the Great, Winchester was the capital of England.Today, Winchester remains an important and popular city with a population of about 116,000.

From a visitor perspective, the city is dominated by its famous Cathedral, which is subject of a separate blog post.

Winchester Cathedral, England

Winchester Cathedral, England

 Other major features include:

  • The 13th century Great Hall, the only surviving part of Winchester Castle. Here, a replica Round Table (associated with King Arthur) has hung for 700 years.

    Winchester Great Hall, England

    Winchester Great Hall, England

Round Table at Winchester's Great Hall

Round Table at Winchester’s Great Hall

Queen Eleanor's Garden, Winchester Great Hall

Queen Eleanor’s Garden, Winchester Great Hall

  • Ruins of Winchester Castle

    Ruins of Winchester Castle, England

    Ruins of Winchester Castle, England

  • Five military museums.
  • Winchester museums: Westgate, City Space and City Museum.
  • Winchester College,founded 1382 and belived to be the oldest continuously opertings chool in England.
  • Buttercross, a 15th century city cross.
  • Hospital of St. Cross, a religious establishment founded 1132.
  • Jane Austen’s House. This famous author is buried in the Cathedral.
  • The half-timbered Cheyney Court near the Cathedral.

    Cheyney Court, Winchester, England

    Cheyney Court, Winchester, England

  • Pilgrim’s Hall which dates from 1308.
  • The Victorian gothic, Guildhall.
  • Statue of King Alfred the Great.

Winchester Street Scene

Winchester Street Scene

Clearly, Winchester is steeped in history. In addition to the many and varied historic sites there is a wide range of shopping facilities plus many and varied food and drink options.

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