Royal Blood

Westgate Museum

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Westgate Museum

Charles I visited Winchester in December 1648 en route to his trial in London and was briefly detained in the Westgate as a prisoner of the Parlimentary forces. According to contemporary sources, Charles was met at the Westgate by the Mayor of Winchester, who had Royalist leanings – when he tried to offer the king the keys to the city in the traditional manner, the Parliamentary guards attacked the mayor.

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.