Subsequently over the centuries, the Herbert family have benefited the town including the construction during the 1840’s of the magnificent new parish church in the Romanesque style featuring a separate campanile.
The medieval stained glass is outstanding & the church alone worth a visit to Wilton. After some history about carpet manufacture, the demise of Wilton in favour of Salisbury following the construction of a new river bridge and much more; most of us descended upon Coffee Darling for a delicious light lunch.
Please note that our planned trip for July 27th is a visit to Chedworth Roman Villa and Northleach Mechanical Music Museum.
The church was created a cathedral in the 7th century & rebuilt several times, whilst its power, wealth & influence was second only to Canterbury. We visited the remains of Wolvesey Castle, residence of the Bishop since the 1100’s & viewed the elegant outside of the ‘new’ Bishops Palace dating from 1680’s, & which is currently used as a college & administration centre. Passing the house where Jane Austen died on our way to the cathedral Choir School, we gained many fascinating insights into King Alfred’s capital city far too numerous to be included in this report (or be remembered by this scribbler!). Because there is so much more history within Winchester there is another guided walk covering the ‘top’ of the city, which we may consider for a future venture. Why not join us on the next one?
Submitted by Norma Bryan