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DateVisit
16 May 2018Winchester Cathedral and School
25 January 2018Cézanne Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery
10 December 2017Christmas at Waddesdon
16 May 2017Leeds Castle
09 March 2017The Wallace Collection
06 October 2016Beaulieu Abbey, Gardens and Motor Museum
12 May 2016Sheffield Park Garden and Charleston Farmhouse
10 March 2016St Paul's Cathedral and The Guildhall Art Gallery
12 November 2015The Houses of Parliament and the Horse Guards Museum.
10 September 2015Finchcocks (Goudhurst, Kent) and Godinton House (Ashford, Kent)
05 June 2015Fenton House (Hampstead) and Keats House (Hampstead Heath)
24 October 2014THE ROYAL PAVILION, BRIGHTON
24 June 2014PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD AND THE MARY ROSE
29 April 2014THE ROYAL CHELSEA HOSPITAL AND THE CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN

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Winchester Cathedral and School
Wednesday 16 May 2018

The first Christian church at Winchester was built in the 8th century and became known as the Old Minster.  Soon the Old Minster became a cathedral; seat of a bishop whose diocese stretched from the English Channel to the river Thames.  It was the most important royal church in Anglo-Saxon England and was the burial place for some of the earliest kings of Wessex, including Alfred the Great.  

All changed with the arrival of William the Conqueror who installed his own bishop who set about building a new church; the basis for the present cathedral.  In the centuries that followed, wealthy and powerful bishops put their stamp on the Norman cathedral.  They remodelled it with soaring gothic arches the 14th century, making it even more ornate in the 15th and 16th centuries.  By the early 16th century, much of the Cathedral you can see today was complete.  

We will make our journey there by coach.  For details of times, prices and a booking form please click HERE.