Famous people of Wessex - Wessex has seen many famous sons and daughters, genius of all forms emanating from the very air and spirit that flows in this unique realm.
King Alfred the Great
Henry III, Henry of Winchester. King of England
Cerdic, the first king of Wessex
Queen Osburga, mother of Alfred the Great
Edgar the Peaceful
Saint Æthelwold, Bishop of Winchester
Saint Swithin, Bishop of Winchester. If it rains on St Swithin's Day it will rain for forty days!
Oliver King, The Bishop of Bath who rebuilt the Cathedral
Adelard of Bath
Rev Henry Moule
Henry Sewell, Prime Minister of New Zealand
Famous Naval Folk
Sir Francis Drake
Admiral Sir John Hawkins
Sir Walter Raleigh
John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe
Admiral George Anson
Gordon of Khartoum
Writers and Artists
Algernon Charles Swinburne, Poet
Sir Donald Sinden
Archeologists and Scientists
William Pengelly, Archeologist.
Philip Harding, Archeologist.
Architects, Builders, Engineers and Inventors
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Sir Robert Falcon Scott
Dr Thomas Arnold
John Pounds, Founder of the Ragged Schools
Cyril Berry, 1918-2002 Winemaker,
Mayor of Andover 1972/73,
Editor of the "Andover Advertiser"
Among so many more!
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King Alfred's statue. Winchester
Early 20th century illustration of Osburh reading to her son Alfred. Wikipedia.
Admiral Sir John Masterman Hardy (1769-1839)
Portrait of Jane Austen by her sister, Cassandra.
Isaac Pitman 1813-1897, Inventor of Shorthand. Wikipedia
Agatha Christie 1890-1976 Crime Writer. Wikipedia