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Winchester District

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  • Day24

    Winchester Town

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    Decided to continue the “Very Big Churches Tour of England” so headed to Winchester.

    Decided to use their Park and Ride as we’d had a look at some of their streets.

    Terrific scheme, carparks on periphery, bus to middle of town every 7 minutes and all for £3 for 6 people.

    This assumes that you have a local debit card or coins that you have not given away to the barmaif the evening before.

    Ah, the Interweb. Eventually it was all doen online and the next time we go it wont take longer than the bus ride.

    Winchester is one of the nicest towns we’ve seen. Great Hight Street with fantastic array of old and ancient buildings, buskers, market going on.

    Where the Thai ladies cooking the street food came from will ever remain a mystery.

    Enormous Guild Hall, couple of Alms Houses, an old type Hospital that still gives out traveller benefits, a working watermill at the bottom end of town and the Cathedral in the back. Nothing not to like.

    Bern has voted it “BEST TOWN YET” in capitals.
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  • Day24

    Winchester cathedral

    August 24 in the United Kingdom

    Very interesting church, no big towers or spires but does have bells, dont know where.

    In the middle of a £22milion restoration. 11 of that is from their National Lottery, what could we have done if we hadn’t sold ours off.

    The present church was started bt the Normans but there was one on the site since the seventh century. Been changed and restored many times over the years. One of the best stories I’ve stolen from Wikipedia. Memorial to Walker is in the cathedral.

    “Restoration work was carried out by T. G. Jackson in 1905–12. Waterlogged foundations on the south and east walls were reinforced by diver William Walker, packing the foundations with more than 25,000 bags of concrete, 115,000 concrete blocks, and 900,000 bricks. Walker worked six hours a day from 1906 to 1912 in total darkness at depths up to 20 feet (6 m), and is credited with saving the cathedral from total collapse.[24] For this he was awarded the MVO.[25]”

    He definitely deserved it.

    To make the day Bern stumbled on Jane Austen’s grave as she died in Winchester. It’s also got KIng Cnut and Edgbert of Wessex along with a host of not very famous kings. They aren’t pulling in the £8 a time though.

    Excellent place. Then onwards for some more driveing in the rain and some side trips through supermarket carparks (thanks Karen) to a small market town called Alton.

    Tomorrow Jane Austen day.
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  • Day13

    Winchester

    April 27, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    This morning we went to Winchester to view the cathedral and the remains of the medieval town. Winchester was the capital of Wessex before the English capital moved to London. A large statue of Alfred the Great is in the town square. We got to see the boxes containing the bones of the early English Kings such as Ethelbert Ethelred and Knute. We came back to the ship and I had a Pancho Villa burger. In the evening we went to a musical presentation called the Rat Pack, featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Junior. Afterwards we went to a presentation given in tribute to Edith Piaf.Read more

  • Day22

    Stoke Charity, England

    July 12 in the United Kingdom

    This was the most beaitiful spot! We were driving into the village and I shouted for Doug to stop the car I needed pictures. There was a narrow stone bridge over a creek with a pond beside it. In the background was the village church on your left. On your right adorable cottages with thatched roofs. To make it even more perfect....the church you see in the distance was where my GG Grandma Susanna Hancock (Bye) was baptised and her father before her.Read more

  • Day22

    St Mary&Michael Church, Stoke Charity,UK

    July 12 in the United Kingdom

    This was the church in Stoke Charity were the Bye family attended (my ancestors). I do know a couple of generations were baptised here and I look forward to learning more. There was a tomb inside the church of a Thomas Wayte. I have sent the info from that off to my cousin as he has extensively researched the Waite's.

  • Day33

    Winchester

    May 11 in the United Kingdom

    We woke to a clear but cold day in Winchester. After a juice to get us going in the morning we took off for a walk out through the water meadows to the St John's Cross Hospital about a mile away. A nice walk.
    The hospital is an alms house for old men and has been in use for 600 years. On the way there we left Winchester via an old city gate and above the gate they had built a chapel called St Swithuns (patron saint of Winchester and tutor to King Alfred) It was amazing, so peaceful,tiny and ancient. Lovely memorial plaque written about a local doctor attached. It made us laugh.
    On the way back to Town we had a look at the ruins of Wolvesly Castle. Walked back home to get ready to go to Evensong at Winchester Cathedral. Arrived about 4:45 which meant we got free entry. Enjoyed evensong and it was nice to revisit the cathedral again since our 2012 visit. It is still a fascinating and beautiful place. Had forgotten that the huge west windows had been smashed by Cromwells men around 1650 and the people of Winchester had collected all the stained glass and reassembled the pieces in an abstract way which looks like a contemporary window that could have been done this century not in 1660! Back into town for dinner at the William Walker pub. William Walker was the diver who saved the cathedral by renewing the crumbling foundations around the turn of the century. He had to work in deep water to access the foundations and it took two years. The town is a very easy place to be and it's history spans 1000 years.
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