Jane Austen Day! Part 2, Winchester (18-25)

Winchester Cathedral,       April 30, 2018

We drove the 20 miles from Chawton to Winchester to see the cathedral. After finding parking in the narrow winding streets of the cathedral town, we walked a few blocks toward the cathedral.

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Walking toward Winchester Cathedral entrance

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Interesting wall in the courtyard

The enormous size and architectural details on the outside of the cathedral are amazing:

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North side of Winchester Cathedral

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Closer view

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Passage under the flying buttresses

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Main entrance, Winchester Cathedral

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Exterior stonework

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Gargoyles

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Entry detail

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Entry detail

Once inside, we continued to marvel at scale and detail beyond comprehension: the high ceiling, the carved stone and wood, the arching windows.

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The main aisle

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Detail of upper windows

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A side aisle

As a quilter, I was especially drawn to the patterns in the medieval floor tiles.

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The Jane Austen exhibit had placards describing her life and the monuments that have been installed in her honor near her grave.

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Jane Austen window and monuments in Winchester Cathedral

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Jane Austen’s grave

 

Building stone:

Walking back toward our parking space, I particularly noted the texture and stone in the walls along the street –

which brought to mind the chalk and flint cliffs we had seen at Seven Sisters:

Chawton

Back in Chawton, we stopped for dinner at the local pub, The Greyfriar,

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then spent another night at the Garden House B&B, formerly a gardener’s cottage on the Chawton House estate, though thoroughly modernized since that time. The setting up on the hill was lovely, the gardens were flowering.

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Garden House B&B

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Sheep!

We just happened to be here during a storm so didn’t get to explore much of the outdoor beauty, but all in all it was a satisfying day! Tuesday we were off to our next stop – Lyme Regis, to see fossils and the steps on the Cobb where Louisa Musgrave fell.

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