Winchester, Hampshire, England with its cathedral

winchester cathedral shopping in the city city walls

Winchester was for centuries the capital of Saxon England, and continued to be used by the Norman kings as such.

King Arthurs round table

Alfred the Great

The statue of Saxon King Alfred stands in a main street. Winchester Cathedral, started in 1079 A.D. is one of the great cathedrals of Europe. The beauty of the cathedral is enhanced by the fact that it is set in open parkland, and does not have buildings pressing up to it.

Two of the original gates to the walled city remain. And close to the cathedral is Winchester College, founded by the bishop in 1382, and one of the oldest schools in the country.

  thatched cottage  

Close to Winchester is the old market town of Romsey, with the stately home, Broadlands which belongs to the Mountbatten family. Through Romsey flows the River Test, one of England's trout rivers. The surrounding chalk filters the water to absolute clarity. Much of the river is reserved for (very) expensive private fishing. The brown trout caught are usually in the 1lb to 4lb range.

Broadlands, Mountbatten home

River test fly fishing

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