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
We have parked our car in the street named Broadway.
We had just driven past a huge statue, so on alighting from the Car, I head in the direction of the bronze Statue.
It is of King Alfred the Great, [849-899] who made Winchester his capital city. He was born at Wantage, in Berkshire, the fifth child of Ethelwulf, King of Wessex and Queen Osburgh.
The statue was commissioned to mark the millennium of the King's death, and was erected in 1901.
It is 2.5 times life size, 15 feet (4.57 m) high, and weighs 5 tons.
Built on a base of Cornish granite, the King, with his Cloak thrown over his shoulder, is grasping a cross-hilted sword, the symbol of Christianity which was to combat the power of heathen's. With a Saxon helmet on his head, his left hand rests upon a Saxon circular shield.
On the base, is says AELFRED.
It really is a very imposing Statue.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
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]
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
King's Royal Rifle Corps War Memorial
The King's Royal Rifle Corps memorial is in the form of a figure of a serviceman, with head raised and arms at his side. The figure stands atop a four-sided plinth, which bears the inscription; To the glory of God and in memory of the Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Riflemen of The King's Royal Rifle Corps. Who gave their lives for their King and Country In the Great War 1914-1918, 1939-45
Winchester Cathedral (built 1079–93) is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and overall length of any cathedral in Europe and was remodelled from Norman-Romanesque to Perpendicular Gothic under the patronage of William of Wykeham (founder of Winchester College in 1382), who is buried there, as are Saxon kings, St Swithin, and the writers Jane Austen and Izaak Walton.
Cathedral Guides offer tours of the Cathedral each hour from 10am – 3pm and tours of the crypt at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm from Monday to Saturday.
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Children (Under 16): Free
The Westgate is one of two surviving fortified gateways in Winchester, built in the 12th century this one was a debtors' prison for 150 years, now a museum there are various displays including a collection of weights and measures, a Tudor ceiling from Winchester College and armour. Other attractions include the rooftop city view, Brass rubbing and a quiz.
May to October
Saturday: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Sunday: 12.00 am to 4.00 pm