I hopped on a train last Saturday and traveled the short distance to Winchester, the historic capital of Wessex, and had a very enjoyable couple of hours looking round Wessex Quiltmakers‘ triennial exhibition. I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking:
There were lots more quilts including a lovely selection ready to be sent to Project Linus.
After a cup of coffee, a slice of delicious homemade lemon drizzle cake, and a bit of retail therapy at the Exhibition I took a wander round the centre of Winchester. It is a city rich in history; the Romans settled there nearly 2,000 years ago and created a single river course out of two which still runs through the city today; and in Anglo Saxon times King Alfred the Great (reigned 871-901) made Winchester the capital of his Kingdom.
The huge cathedral nestles in the lowest levels of the city close to the river and it’s long, high nave is the burial place of many ancient kings and bore witness to the marriage of Queen Mary to Philip II of Spain in 1554.
Sections of a medieval wall form part of the perimeter confines of the Cathedral close and buildings. On my walk I followed the outside of the wall and found the Georgian house where Jane Austen spent her last days as well as some much older buildings still in daily use.
Thank you to Wessex Quiltmakers for providing the perfect excuse for a day out!