Last week, after three amazing years, I finally graduated from the University of Winchester with a 2:1 in English Literature and History. Graduation was an unforgettable experience, spent catching up with friends, trying not to trip, and posing for about a thousand awkward photographs that will, presumably, stare down at me from my grandfather’s display … More A Brief History of Winchester Cathedral
‘I died in hell – (They called it Passchendaele)’ – Siegfried Sassoon, Memorial Tablet. On this day, exactly one hundred years ago, the Battle of Passchendaele began. Today, the conflict has become infamous, remembered across the world as one of the major battles of the First World War. Tragically, over 500,000 allied and German soldiers … More Winchester at War: the Battle of Passchendaele
This months’ theme is Local History and seeing as I will be staying in and around Winchester for the foreseeable future I thought I would delve into the depths of Winchester’s rich history. After sifting through many different types of events I decided to write a little overview on the scandalous history if this city. … More Scandal in Winchester
Stardust Years is a brilliantly unique shop on the Winchester High Street, specialising in vintage and historical fashion items. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the shop for the first time and at once fell in love with the beautiful items on display. After my visit, I approached the owner Karen Fitzsimmons, and she … More Interview with Stardust Years owner, Karen Fitzsimmons.
The city of Winchester has a very rich history full of changes. As you know we have done a walk-about of Winchester, exploring its development through different centuries. Well, I thought I hadn’t talked about lovely Winchester much for a while and I remembered I spent a few hours at the records office (a few … More Winchester’s Forgotten Train Station
As many of you know, Winchester is famously known for having an influential college in the 19th century, with the boys school playing an integral part to the community. For the boys, sport and recreational events allowed for competitions, not only amongst the other houses within the school but against other boys schools. But for … More Why did Winchester Play Rugby rather than Football in the 19th Century?
For the final post following Winchester throughout the centuries, we’re looking at the twentieth and twenty-first, and what has happened in the past 115 years in what is, compared to most cities, a sleepy little place. Way back in 1908, Winchester was not so sleepy. Over three days, riots broke out. Known as the Winchester Gun … More Winchester Since the Twentieth Century
Welcome to a blog post on C18th Winchester. What does the C mean you ask? Well it means century! So I am brining you to 18th century Winchester! Now I cannot replicate sight and sound in this, I wouldn’t dare try, but I can show you some interesting facts about the city in which us students … More An Exciting look into C18th Winchester!
While Winchester’s population grew dramatically in size during the 19th century, it also marked the decline that had gripped the city for the past several centuries. While the likes of London had soared past Winchester during the 12th and 13th centuries, its closest neighbour Southampton had not exceeded Winchester’s size. In 1801, both Winchester and … More Winchester in the 19th Century
After centuries of being known as a vital city in English history Winchester had descended from being the country’s capital to being a town of virtually no importance. During the 1500’s, within the reign of the Tudor dynasty, Winchester saw a decline in interest, politics and prestige apart from a few crowning moments smattered across … More Winchester in the Sixteenth Century