Winchester is a historic city and former capital city of England. It is the county town of Hampshire, in South England. The city lies at the heart of the wider City of Winchester, a local government district, and is located at the western end of the South Downs, along the course of the River Itchen. Our second of three walks in Winchester. Select pictures for a larger view.
Walk towards the City Centre along the high street and enter the pedestrianised area. You will find the Royal Oak down Royal Oak passage on your left.
The food here is very good and not expensive. Green King ales with plenty of guest ales.
Retrace your steps to the High Street and turn left and then right into Great Minster Street.
8 Great Minster Street SO23 9HA Monday –
Saturday 11.00am to 11.00pm
Sunday 11.00am to 10.30pm. Food served lunch and evening from noon and 6:30pm
You will see the Eclipse from the Old Vine, they are only a few doors away.
The Eclipse Inn dates from 1540 and over the past centuries the building has had many uses including a rectory, private residence, ale house (around 1750) and from the nineteenth century an Inn. A Grey Lady has reputedly been seen several times in one of the corridors upstairs and this apparition is said to be Dame Alice Lisle of Moyles Court. She was hung on a scaffolding outside the pub. Originally named the Eclipse to compete with the highly successful Sun Inn that stood at number 10. It was the eclipse of the sun! Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.
Turn left out of the pub to and walk along to the William Walker.
The William Walker
34 The Square SO23 9EX
When huge cracks started to appear in the early 1900s, the Cathedral seemed in danger of complete collapse. Early efforts to underpin its waterlogged foundations failed until William Walker, a deep-sea diver, worked under water every day for six years placing bags of concrete. You’ll find a small statue of him at the far end of the Cathedral. Click the picture for the gallery and to comment.
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