From two towns with three-letter names, we progressed to one with a ten-letter name: Winchester. Under the Romans, this town was known as Venta (pronounced “Wenta”) and when the Anglo-Saxon invaders occupied it, they added the word “ceaster” (meaning “fortified town”) to it. In the fullness of time Venta Ceaster came to be known as Winchester.
Winchester is a lively town, as this street scene suggests:
There are enough buildings, sculptures and curiosities to keep a photographer’s trigger finger continually in action. Here are a few:
Winchester, of course, has a cathedral. It is quite a handsome one. Being so old, it has had to be restored and the work is still continuing. Unlike the case of Ely, however, the work is being done properly. Although the new work obviously is new, it is an exact replica of the fabric that has been replaced. This gives some idea of what the building must have looked like when new: quite startling.
King Aelfred of Wessex (849-899) is held in high esteem here and the picture on the left below shows one tribute to him in the city.
And finally, for reasons of pure self-indulgence, a selection of birds seen around Winchester (it’s what your zoom is for):