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St Cross, Winchester revisited

One of my most favourite places, St Cross just outside Winchester.

.. Or to give it the correct title, "The Hospital of St Cross & Almshouse of Noble Poverty" founded in 1133 and Britain's oldest almshouses.



We had intended to visit lovely Winchester to do some shopping. However the rest of Southern England decided to do the same, we couldn't find anywhere to park, gave up and came home. The two car parks we visited indicated 30 and 110 places, but were in fact totally stuffed full of cars. Harrumph.

Anyway, I did find the low sun tickling these little details in the porter's lodge...



Mmm. Details...

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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

What a beautiful place, it looks so peaceful. The side lighting has nicely revealed the graffiti, some of which is probably un-noticeable in normal conditions.

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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

That first shot looks like a lovely place and you've handled the high contrast very nicely Pete. That graffiti in the second is pretty old if I'm reading the date of 1777 correctly.
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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

Yes, it's a fantastic place to visit.

Stop at the porter's lodge and ask for your "Wayfarer's dole": A sip of ale and a piece of bread. They distribute this to all who ask as part of their charitable obligations that go back 800 years It is comforting to know that places like this are still there doing this kind of thing.

It was a fight to get the wide shot right (it is a pano of three images) becasue the lighting was so harsh, so at some point you have to sacrifice some highlights..

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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

As usual, you've captured some lovely detail that the rest of us (well, me) just walk on by.
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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

Masterful stuff, Pete, I don't see too many highlights sacrificed in that pano; the important thing is that bench was in the sunlight, just at the edge of he shade. And the detail shot, well you know how much I love them and this is well up to your best. Like I said, masterful.

I remember you posting a set of this location sometime ago, it's a great source of photographs. Was it in your mind when you went shopping? I'd say it was good luck finding the car parks in town were full but I'm sure you acted suitably annoyed and frustrated!
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Was it in your mind when you went shopping? I'd say it was good luck finding the car parks in town were full but I'm sure you acted suitably annoyed and frustrated!
Yes I love that place, a haven of peace and blessedly not surrounded by housing estates.

So. Winchester Christmas Market? Didn't get to see it. Noobry Christmas Market, yes we saw that.

BTW

Curmudgeon mode on: Why is Christmas so tacky. Is this what we requested? Hmm?

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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

Love the hand -hammered nails in the 2nd shot, Pete.
Wonder how many people can make them now, and if they did, would they last 800 years?

We are not doing Christmas this year, hope to be on a nice cold, windy beach somewhere on the East coast all on our own with the dogs and cameras
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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

Ro is working this Christmas and Boxing Day, so I'll be sitting in the kitchen of the Big Hoose keeping her company along with all the dogs, and maybe testing the fare before it goes into the dining room!
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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

I love the second shot IMO too much of the sky is blown in the first.
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As usual, you've captured some lovely detail that the rest of us (well, me) just walk on by.
I agree
You can't help but envy the bloke.
But then you notice he lives in Newbury
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... yes, but at the posh end of Newbury :-)

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Re: St Cross, Winchester revisited

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We had intended to visit lovely Winchester to do some shopping. However the rest of Southern England decided to do the same, we couldn't find anywhere to park, gave up and came home. The two car parks we visited indicated 30 and 110 places, but were in fact totally stuffed full of cars. Harrumph.



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You could park in Kings Worthy and the bus runs every 15 mins in and out of the City - we get off at the top City Rd and walk down and get the Bus from near M & S (actually by the Baby shop JoJo Maman) No. 6 Spring home

Forbes Rd, SO23 7PQ is great and has a big wide bit for parking
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... yes, but at the posh end of Newbury :-)

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