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No 9, Winchester Cathedral Close, southern England by Philip Mitchell

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No 9 stands on the west side of Winchester Cathedral’s Inner Close, south-west of the cloister garth’s great lawn; until recently it housed the offices for the Diocese of Winchester and so came to be known as Church House. It is one of a number of houses in the Close either built anew or rebuilt for resident Cathedral clergy at the time of the Restoration of Charles II in the 1660s. The lower sash windows were a later 18th century modification, but the original 17th century stone mullioned windows can still be seen under the three upper gables.

In the account of his daily walks out to St Cross while staying in Winchester in September 1819, John Keats writes " … I pass on through two college-like squares seemingly built for the dwelling place of Deans and Prebendaries – garnished with grass and shaded with trees." No 9 faces onto the first of those quadrangles and Keats would have seen it much as it is today.

The whole of Winchester Cathedral Close is one of English Heritage’s scheduled monuments.

I am based near Winchester in mid-Hampshire (UK) and have enjoyed photographing a wide variety of subjects for over 40 years, though the digital revolution has been a real boon.

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  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful Philip, the narrative so informative too! Well done, beautiful history!

  • Many thanks for your kind appreciation. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • DonnaMoore
    DonnaMooreover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for this honour: it is much valued. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot you may like to add to English Heritage and National trust

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful photo! Thank you for sharing this information with us>

  • It took me a while to see how to show this to best advantage, but I am delighted you like the results enough to put this amongst your favourites. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpabout 4 years ago

  • Many thanks for this, it is much valued. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you for welcoming this image. Philip

    – Philip Mitchell

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