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THE HEART OF WESSEX

THE PEAK DISTRICT

THE CORNISH RIVIERA

DICKENS-LAND

WINCHESTER

THE ISLE OF WIGHT

CHESTER AND THE DEE

YORK




_Uniform with this Series_

+Beautiful Ireland+

LEINSTER

ULSTER

MUNSTER

CONNAUGHT

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

The Close Gate _Frontispiece_

The City Bridge

Winchester Cathedral from the Deanery Gardens

Wykeham's Chantry

The Butter Cross

Entrance to the Deanery

Winchester College: The Outer Gateway from "Arcadia"

The Cloisters, Winchester College

Ruins of Wolvesey Castle

Beaufort Tower and Ambulatory, St. Cross

St. Cross from the Meadows

The Brethren's Hall, St. Cross

Plan of Winchester Cathedral




[Illustration]

WINCHESTER


Few of our English cities are more strikingly situated than the once
royal city of Winchester, which lies on the slopes and along the bed of
a chalk valley watered by the River Itchen. The greater part of the
present city is situated on the right bank of the river, while the best
general view of it is justly considered to be that obtained by looking
across the Vale of Chilcomb, from the road to Portsmouth. Of the Itchen
valley, with its rich meadows and tranquil stream, William Cobbett was
an enthusiastic admirer. "There are few spots in England", he exclaims,
"more fertile, or more pleasant, none, I believe, more healthy. The
fertility of this vale and of the surrounding country is best proved by
the fact that, besides the town of Alresford, and that of Southampton,
there are seventeen villages, each having its parish church, upon its
borders. When we consider these things, we are not surprised that a spot
situated about halfway down this vale should have been chosen for the
building of a city, or that that city should have been for a great
number of years the place of residence for the kings of England."

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