An Afternoon in Winchester

The church of St Swithun upon Kingsgate, built in the 13th C.

It is the only church above a gate that still holds services.

The church of St Lawrence in the Square which is called the Mother church of Winchester as it’s the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the city walls.

Before an Apostate Bishop of Winchester is enthroned, he is first presented at St Lawrence.

By God’s Divine Providence as I made my way to the Cathedral’s second hand book stall I met some young priests in front of the West Doors.

I asked if they would mind me taking their photo to which they agreed.

They are priests of the Fraternity of St Peter and were leading a children’s summer camp.

St Peter’s church, Winchester.

While I was strolling around Winchester I came across a pamphlet entitled ‘Heritage Open Days- Free Events.’

Lots of these relate to Jane Austen who lies in the Cathedral. There seems to be a lot of fuss over this Lady with a local church holding Jane Austen Evensong- replacing Scripture readings with extracts from her novels. Anyone would think she was assumed into Heaven.

Anyway, here are some of those days which may interest you:

-Winchester Cathedral Close Tour. Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun (7th to 10th Sept) at 10 & 14.00. You must book on 01962 857275

Includes buildings not usually open to the public. May include the apothecary garden, stonemasons’ workshops and private gardens. 

– Tour of Winchester College. You must book on 01962 621209

Thurs 7th: 1015, 1130, 1415 and 1530

Fri 8th: 1015, 1130, 1415

Sat 9th: 1015, 1130, 1415, 1530

Sun 10th: 1415, 1530

– Northington Grange. Take a tour of the “roofed ruin”- one of the earliest Greek revival houses in Europe. You must book on 01483 252020

Fri 8th: 11, 1230 and 1430


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