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.
The enormous size and architectural details on the outside of the cathedral are amazing:
Once inside, we continued to marvel at scale and detail beyond comprehension: the high ceiling, the carved stone and wood, the arching windows.
As a quilter, I was especially drawn to the patterns in the medieval floor tiles.
The Jane Austen exhibit had placards describing her life and the monuments that have been installed in her honor near her grave.
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:
Back in Chawton, we stopped for dinner at the local pub, The Greyfriar,
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.
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.