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    ABBEY GARDEN'S - 13

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2011

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    The Abbey Garden's are my last stop before heading to the Car parked by King Alfred's statue.

    The gardens are part of the site of St Mary’s Abbey which used to be one of the largest religious houses in Britain. There is a scented garden within the main Gardens complete with a sundial and a play area for children. The town house that overlooks the Gardens is the formal residence of the Mayor of Winchester.

    I am a keen gardener, and I thought them to be very nice.
    The flower beds were well maintained and in full bloom, there was plenty of seating, and rubbish bins that didn't look like a rubbish bin! In all, a very, clean and tidy park, where at lunchtime, many people were enjoying their Lunches.

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    CANAL WALKWAY - 11

    by balhannah Updated Nov 16, 2011

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    After seeing the Bishop's Palace, I decided to head back to the Car following the River Itchen Canal & Weir Walkway.

    Would you believe there is a 30 mile walk you can do following the River Itchen from its source to its confluence with Southampton Water. If you are feeling energetic, it is called "The Itchen Way" and the website is below.

    Not me, I'm only in Winchester, so just a short walk for me! I just enjoyed following the River here, viewing some nice gardens, I saw a White Swan nesting, a fenced playground area, and I found a sign telling me all about the Canal. You can read about it from the photo.
    What a nice part of Winchester this was!

    I walked between College street and High Street.

    Itchen Canal Along the Itchen Canal Walkway along the Itchen Canal
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    BISHOP'S PALACE - 10

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2011

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    Walking further along College Street, I happened to notice another nice old building.

    It was Bishop's Palace or Wolvesey Palace, part of the west wing of a much larger and grander mansion built in the 1680s, under instruction from Bishop Morley. Old Wolvesey Castle had become inconvenient for the Bishop and it was all but demolished to provide stone for 'the most perfect and elegant building of the city. Only the medieval chapel was left standing to be incorporated into the new palace.

    Future Bishop's didn't use the House and it fell into disrepair with the eastern and south wings being demolished in 1786.
    Bishop Woods had the Palace restored in 1927 and took up residence once more. It is still the home of the present Bishop of Winchester and is not open to the public.

    I had walked through the gate's before I realized it was closed to the Public, how ever, I managed to get a good photo of the lovely House and its garden's.

    Bishop's Palace
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    ST. SWITHUN'S GATE - 8

    by balhannah Updated Nov 16, 2011

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    I spent a considerable amount of time in Winchester Cathedral and on heading out, I chose to walk to St. Swithin street, which is where I came across the imposing St. Swithun Gate/Kings Gate/Priory Gate, all the names you may hear it called. It was built along the line of the Roman City Wall that surrounded the city and was mentioned in the Winchester Domesday Book in 1148.

    St. Swithin's Gate is diferent, as above the gate is the Church of St. Swithin's. I thought this Church was unique, but evidently not so in Medieval times, as many Churches were built over Gate's, but not many have survived till today, they are quite rare now!

    During Medieval times, travellers and pilgrims would visit the little Church to give thanks for a safe journey, and before literacy was common, people would have used its wall paintings, statues, and other features as aids to their thanksgiving prayer.

    Hard to imagine Pig's in an upstairs Church, but it is true! The Porter of the Gate in 1660, kept his Pig's in the Church!!
    Some other thought's on the Church are that it was used for lay people who worked for the Abbey in medieval times. The statues that once stood, were removed by Cromwell’s reformers.

    The Church did fall into dis-repair, and in 1677, with all the repairs done, Bell hung, it was back to its old glory!
    Services are still held in this little, old Church.
    It is reached by the covered staircase, but is only open mainly for services.

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    WINCHESTER GUILD HALL - 4

    by balhannah Updated Nov 16, 2011

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    Walking along Broadway street, the name changes to High Street, which is where the Guild Hall is located.

    It was on 22nd December 1871, Viscount Eversley laid the foundation stone for this Gothic Revival Guild Hall. Less than two years later in May 1873, Lord Selborne opened the new Guildhall.
    Important people like George VI and Queen Elizabeth have been in the Hall, and victory celebrations following World War I were held here.

    Looking at it, there are four statues of kings and bishops. In the central panel below the clock tower is Florence de Lunne, Winchester's 1st mayor, receiving the city's charter from King Henry II.

    The Guild Hall is where the TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE IS LOCATED on the ground floor.
    I went into here and picked up a detailed map for FREE on the sights of Winchester.
    There are two FREE internet connections here.

    Opening times of the Info Centre are...

    May to September
    Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
    Sundays and Bank Holidays 11am to 4pm

    October to April
    Monday - Saturday 10am to 5pm

    Winchester Guild Hall
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    INSIDE WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 7+++

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2011

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    What I lastly want to tell you about, is all the Tomb's that are in the Cathedral.

    Winchester Cathedral is famous for its chantry chapels, where daily masses were said for the bishops buried within them.
    Some are, Cardinal Henry Beaufort (1404-47) is next to the final shrine of St Swithun.
    Stephen Gardiner (1531-55) was the Roman Catholic bishop of Winchester, who officiated at the marriage of Mary Tudor (Queen Mary I) to Philip of Spain, which took place in Winchester Cathedral.
    Then, in the 'Fishermen's Chapel' is the grave of Izaak Walton and I also saw Jane Austen's, it really was interesting reading and viewing!

    Of course, there is heaps more of interest in the Cathedral, but if I tell and show you everything, then you won't need to go, and you really should, it is worth the money!

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    INSIDE WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 7++

    by balhannah Written Nov 16, 2011

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    Moving through the Cathedral, I came across some old 16th century wall painting's, all in brown and grey. They are thought to be English, but probably inspired by the Flemish parts of the Eton College frescoes of the 1480's. The Winchester scenes represent miracles of the Virgin.

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    WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL - 7

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    My next stop was at Winchester Cathedral. The Cathedral is MASSSIVE!
    It is mainly built out of stone from Isle of Wight, and because it has been added to, it is another Church with many different styles.

    I was trying to take an outside photo, and I found I had to keep on moving backwards to fit it all in!
    It is an Anglican Cathedral, and is the seat of the Bishop of Winchester. It's also, one of the biggest Cathedral's in England. The Cathedral took a long time to build, no wonder when I saw the size of it, and I hadn't yet been inside!

    It's in a lovely setting, surrounded by lawn, with old grave headstone's popping up here and there. There was plenty of seating, and plenty of Tree's for shade on that sunny day.

    The Cathedral is open every day for early morning prayers and closes after evening prayers. No charges are made for those who come to join worship.

    The Cathedral isn't free to visit.

    When you buy an entry ticket, you’re eligible for a free guided tour of the Cathedral and access to the 12th century Winchester Bible, the Morley Library, Triforium Gallery, Treasury and crypt.

    ADMISSION
    Annual pass – £10.00
    Day pass (adult) – £6.50
    Day pass (senior/group) – £5.00
    Day pass (student) – £3.75
    Children under 16 (with family) – Free

    Cathedral entry and tower tour – £9.50
    Tower tour – £6.00
    Audio tour – £3.00

    OPENING TIMES .......

    Cathedral, crypt and treasury...Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5.00pm...Sun: 12.30pm – 3.00pm

    Winchester Bible, Morley Library and Triforium Gallery
    Apr – Oct... Mon: 2.00pm – 4.00pm....Tue – Sat: 10.30am – 4.00pm
    Nov – Mar.. Sat: 10.30am – 3.30pm
    During the winter months guided tours are offered at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 2.15pm on request

    Photo's are allowed, but NOT during services.

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    KING'S COURT- 6

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    Kings Court adjoins the Guild Hall, and unless you look closely, you may think it is all one.
    Well it isn't, although it was purposely made to look similar so it blended in.

    This is another building with beaut architecture. In 1892, building of the new School of Arts and City Library began and was completed in 1893. The building was gutted by fire in 1969 and 1978, but has since been repaired. In 2007, the Council moved back in.
    Located on the upper floor window's, looks like Crest's of ?

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    ST. JOHN HOUSE & CHAPEL - 3

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    Next door to the Almhouse's is the Chapel and St. John House.
    The notice said "Visitor's most welcome", well, I couldn't get inside! I hope you can!

    At least I could see the outside, and could see that it was very old. The chapel was built in 1289, with a second Chapel dedicated to St. Mary built in 1332.
    Part of the Western Wall of this chapel, with original windows and doorway, still are in the Undercroft.
    St. John's House joins the Chapel and is owned by the St John's Winchester Charity [previous tip]

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    What's the name - 5

    by balhannah Written Nov 15, 2011

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    Sorry, I don't know the name, but perhaps you do, if so, please let me know.

    Located on the outside wall of the Guild Hall, was this old and I thought interesting piece of measure.

    For the city of Winchester, it told the Longitude and Latitude, real Noon time, Height above sea level, a Thermometer and Barometer and a compass, everything a person needs to know!

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    ST. JOHN'S ALMHOUSE'S - 2

    by balhannah Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    After departing from King Alfred's Statue, I head across the road to see the ST. John's Hospital Almhouse's.
    You have to pass through the gateway to see them.

    These are run by a Charity which is one of the oldest charitable institutions in the country. It was probably founded by St. Brinstan, Bishop of Winchester from 931 to 934.

    The six Almhouse's came about because of Ralph Lamb, who in 1558, left a farm at Amesbury, to fund the construction of them within the hospital, and to provide various quarterly and annual sums to the inmates.

    I thought the Almhouses, built in red brick and with lovely lawn's and garden's surrounding them, were just lovely for the people living in them. They date back to 1833 on the south side, and 1856 on the north side.

    At the entrance there is a wall plague with some details on it, and there is much more on the website.

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    Tourist Information Centre

    by grayfo Updated Jun 13, 2011

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    The Winchester Tourist Office is located on the ground floor of Winchester Guildhall. The centre is a good source of maps and tourist information. The Tourist Office also offers a range of guided walks, group travel, accommodation booking, places to visit, bicycle loan service, two FREE internet access points, national theatre tokens and is a Great British Heritage Pass redemption and sales centre

    May to September
    Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
    Sunday: 11.00 am to 4.00 pm

    October to April
    Monday to Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

    email tourism@winchester.gov.uk

    May 2011

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    Guildhall

    by grayfo Written Jun 13, 2011

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    The present Guildhall was opened in May 1873 by Lord Selborne and cost £16,000 to build. The façade includes four statues of kings and bishops with Winchester connections. In the central panel below the clock tower is Florence de Lunne, Winchester's 1st mayor, receiving the city's charter from King Henry II.

    The Guildhall is also the location for important civic events and Military Parades, the building also hosts Winchester City Council’s meetings.

    email guildhall@winchester.gov.uk

    May 2011

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    Lest We Forget

    by grayfo Updated Jun 13, 2011

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    Winchester War Memorial

    The Winchester war memorial is a 28 ft high cross surmounted by a carved wreath of the roses of England and the lilies of France. The shaft is a monolith, octagonal in form. At the base on four sides are the arms of the county of Hampshire, of the Isle of Wight, of the city of Winchester, and of the Hampshire Regiment. The memorial was unveiled and dedicated on the 1st November 1921, further inscriptions were added for the 1939 - 1945 war.

    May 2011

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