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The Square, Wickham, Winchester, PO17 5JG, United Kingdom

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Winchester Cathedral

by yooperprof

Do you remember that song?
"Winchester Cathedral, you're bringing me down.
You stood and you watched, as my baby left town.
You could have done something, but you didn't try.
You didn't do nothing, you let her walk by."

What the connection is between the lyrics of this insipid song, and the stately and magnificent Cathedral I couldn't tell you! When I was there, the Cathedral front was undergoing restoration, alas.

A Literary Walk

by barryg23

I recommend walking the quiet streets around Cathedral Close as there are two sights of interest to literature fans. The house where Jane Austen once lived the final months of her life is on College Street, and a plaque on the wall of the house commemorates the time she spend in the town. Also worth seeing is Keats' walk, a path which provided the inspiration for John Keats to write "Ode to Winter", which lies around the corner from the close.

The Westgate

by leics

This is one of the 6 original city gates. Originally built in the 12th century, most of what is visible was re-built in the 14th. From the 16th to 18th centuries the gate was used as a general lock-up and debtor's prison (you can still see early prisoners' grafitti carved into the walls...look at my extra tip photos).

The gate houses a museum of weights and measures, with sundry bits of armour (some of which you can try on) and a proper set of gibbet irons. These were used to contain the gently decomposing corpse of the wrongdoer, left to hang in some obvious place (hilltops were favourites); pour encourager les autres, clearly!

There's also a rather stunning Tudor ceiling, which dates from 1554 and was created in honour of Queen Mary's marriage to Phillip of Spain (they married in the city). And you can climb right to the top for wonderful views of the city and surrounding countryside.

Some good carvings on the outside of the building too.

River

by maggieballa

The River Itchen runs fast and is shallow. You can walk along it, sit next to it or view some ducks and swans swimming in it. Many people walk their dogs there and people sit out in the sun on the lawn.

Tournai Font

by iwys

The font dates from 1150, and is made of black Tournai marble from Belgium. It is one of only ten Tournai fonts in England. One of the others is in St. Michael's, the oldest church in Southampton.

The carvings on two sides show scenes from the life of St Nicholas, while the other sides are decorated with patterns, birds and salamanders.

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