The Friends' Summer Outing to Winchester

Wednesday 19th June 2019. All welcome to book

WinCath cAntony McCallumSMWinchester is one of the most historic of England’s cathedral cities. It was the capital Wessex and the capital of England from 829 to William the Conqueror. In the heart of the city is the magnificent cathedral, the longest in England and Europe, and the second oldest in England. It was begun soon after the Norman Conquest in 1079. In the 15th century bishop William of Wykeham remodelled the Norman nave in the fashionable Perpendicular style. Wykeham was a great builder, and it was he who founded Winchester College in 1382, originally for 70 poor scholars. The College is laid out round two mediaeval courts and has an impressive hall and chapel.

St Cross cCeluiciIn meadowland just outside Winchester is the venerable Hospital and Church of St Cross, originally founded for 13 poor men by Henry of Blois, William the Conqueror's grandson. To this was added the 15th century the ‘Almshouse of Noble Poverty', whose buildings vividly evoke the Middle Ages. We visit the Brethren’s Hall and the Church, whilst a particular delight is the beautiful Master’s Garden.

Our walk between the College and Cathedral lies in one of the most attractive streets of 18th-century houses in Winchester, and includes the house where Jane Austen lived at the end of her life.

09.05 Board train at Waterloo for Winchester or drive.

10.04 Arrive Winchester Station. Taxis at own cost to the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty.

10.30 Coffee/tea (cost included) in the Hundred Men’s Hall.

11.00 Tour of the Hospital of St Cross led by Barbara Peacock. 

12.15 Lunch, at own expense, at the The Bell Inn.

13.15 Take taxis (cost included) to Porters' Lodge, Winchester College.

13.30 Visit the College’s Lower Muniment Room, with Suzanne Foster, College Archivist, to see the Foundation documents and statutes and some items from the Fellows’ Library, with a Czech connection.

14.00 Tour of the College concentrating on the medieval heart of the school and including the Chamber Court, Chapel, College Hall, Cloisters and the 17th-century School building.

15.30 Tea at Refectory, if desired, at own cost.

16.00 Introduction in front of Cathedral by Barbara Peacock.

16.15 Visit to Cathedral on own. Stay for Evensong or depart.

17.20 Evensong in the Cathedral at 17.30.

18.15 Service ends. Depart for station or cars.


The cost of £35 per person includes a donation to The Friends. Enquiries: please email us at

Images: upper, Winchester Cathedral © Antony McCallum; lower, Hospital of St. Cross © Celuici

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