Kingsgate - the other gate that still exists along with the Westgate. A charming area in and around St Swithun Street and College Street, all very close to the Cathedral. Certainly worth seeking out.

Jane Austen died in a house in College Street, next door to the Headmaster's House of Winchester College, on 18th July 1817 aged only 41. She has three memorials in the Cathedral. One is a gravestone in the North Aisle, another is a brass plate nearby. Look up to her memorial window above the brass plate. There is a small notice as to the meaning of the window by the brass plate.

Small shops, unique in character and the city's best kept secret is just another reason why this area is special! Here too we find both Winchester College and St Swithun's Church.

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Kingsgate with St Swithin's Church above

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The gate is on the site of the old Roman wall built centuries before Alfred the Great and then the Normans. That wall is still part of the foundations and cellars of some houses in the street! Kingsgate was probably built in the early 1100's and was a remodelling of a Roman gate. It was possibly a gate into the Palace.

St Swithun's Church

St Swithun's Church A very rare church being above the old Kingsgate. In medieval times churches were common above gates but only a few survive today. Now it is one of Winchester's special places and a Grade I listed building dating from around 1200 give or take fifty years. Documentation shows that the citizens burnt it down in 1264 in an argument with the Prior of the Abbey. The church is small and plain at the same time peaceful and beautiful. Approached from a wooden stairs that dates from around 1500. So not wheelchair friendly.

Winchester College

Winchester College showing the Chapel
Winchester College showing the Chapel

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600 years old! The longest unbroken history of any school in England. Part of the public school system for boys that includes Eton and Harrow. Founded by William Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, in 1382 as a feeder school for New College Oxford founded at the same time. Both were named for St Mary. Tours are available.

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Other pages that could be of interest



Exploring Winchester High Street

The Square

Winchester Cathedral

History of Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Castle


St Mary's Abbey

Beyond Eastgate

Hyde Abbey

Wolvesley Castle

City Mill

St Cross

Winnall Moors Nature Reserve

Domesday Book

Winchester Mint

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Useful Information

Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.

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Hotels can be found locally from
Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably even find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!

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Please note that National Express coach services have been suspended due to the current pandemic.

Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!

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Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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