Royal Blood

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Introduction

History and heritage
City centre

Winchester has been a focus for royal activity and patronage since the Early Middle Ages when it was the effective capital of Wessex under the Saxon kings. A succession of royal residences were constructed here and the cathedral has been a key location for royal ceremonial and important events such as weddings and a site for coronations and royal tombs.

The trail starts from Guildhall Winchester.

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Guildhall Winchester

This trail begins at the Guildhall Winchester.

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High Street and St Lawrence's Church

From the Guildhall Winchester turn left and head up the High Street.

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God Begot House

Carrying on up the High Street slightly to God Begot House.

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Westgate Museum

Carry on along the High Street to Westgate Museum.

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The Great Hall

Walk through the Westgate and continue along the High Street, turning left at Castle Avenue to The Great Hall.

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Winchester Military Quarter

Walking back up Castle Avenue, turn left to Romsey Road and the Winchester Military Museum complex entry gates are to the left.

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Winchester Cathedral

Turn right out of the Winchester Military Quarter and head back down the High Street. When you reach the Buttercross turn right into the Square, then continue straight and you will see Winchester Cathedral right in front of you.

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Cathedral Green

Staying in the Cathedral grounds, though nothing remains today, it is believed that the Saxon royal palace at Winchester was built in close proximity to the cathedral, most likely on what is now Cathedral Green.

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Winchester College

Passing under the arch to the right of Winchester Cathedral, you will enter the Inner Close. Walk through the Inner Close to Cheyney Court (one of the most photographed buildings in Winchester), through into Kingsgate Village and turn left on College Street and you will discover Winchester College.

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Wolvesey Castle

Carrying on along College Street and on your left you will see Wolvesley Castle.

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King Alfred Statue

Take a walk along the river and the city walls. When you reach the High Street again turn left. In front of you you will see the great statue of King Alfred. This is where this walk ends.

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