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  Scene showing Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire (Hants), England, UK   Winchester Cathedral.

Seen from near the West End this is an impressive cathedral in what was once the capital city of England and is now Hampshire's county town.

This cathedral is the longest medieval cathedral in the world and has been a place of worship for over 900 years. Building started in 1079 with extensions and modifications made over the centuries.

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  View of the High Street, Winchester, Hampshire (Hants), England, UK   Winchester High Street early on a Sunday morning. It certainly isn't normally this quiet.

The Town Clock can be seen on the old guildhall with timber-framed 16th Century God Begot House opposite. At the far end of the street is Westgate - one of two surviving medieval city gates.

This section of Winchester High Street is now a pedestrian precinct and was only a short distance from the Winchester Royal Hotel where we stayed for the duration of our visit.

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  View of medieval Cheyney Court, Winchester, Hampshire (Hants), England, Great Britain   Looking at 15th Century Cheyney Court through the Priors Gate which is, reputedly, one of the most photographed scenes in Winchester.

Bishops used to meet here to hear legal cases involving the Soke (the area over which they had jurisdiction.)

Parts of Cheyney Court are 16th Century.

 

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  Photograph of 18th Century City Mill, Winchester, Hampshire (Hants), England, Great Britain   City Bridge with City Mill beyond. The mill was first built in Medieval times and restored in 1743 and is still in full working order. Milling demonstrations take place throughout the season.

The start of one of the river walks through Winchester can be seen on the left descending from bridge level to the River Itchen which passes through the Eastern part of the city.

 

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  Photograph of the path to St. Cross Hospital, Winchester, Hampshire (Hants), England, Great Britain   On the path to St. Cross Hospital along the banks of the River Itchen.

In this area of Winchester, on the South-Eastern corner of the city, the River Itchen divides into two and there are numerous other streams some of which may have been cut to feed the mills. A very pleasant tranquil area indeed.

An easy level walk to be recommended on a sunny day.

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