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Winchester Cathedral

History

Blessed Sacrament windowWinchester Cathedral has been a site of Christian worship since the 7th century. Once the regal and ecclesiastical centre of King Alfred’s kingdom of Wessex, it has seen many changes over the centuries. The Old Minster, a Benedictine monastery, was the home of St Swithun and the present cathedral was built on the orders of William the Conqueror.

 

Architecture

The Cathedral still retains some of its original Norman architecture in the two transepts. Remodelling in the 13th to 15th centuries introduced Early English and Perpendicular architecture to this beautiful building.

Attractions

Attractions include Jane Austen’s grave, beautifully decorated chantry chapels and not to be missed, the 12th century illuminated Winchester Bible. You can also see Antony Gormley’s Sound II on display in the crypt, which often floods in the winter.

Local Interest

Winchester College
The Great Hall
Westgate Museum
The Hospital of St Cross
Jane Austen's house at Chawton
Marwell Wildlife