St Swithun-upon-Kinsgate, St. Swithun Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JP
St Swithun is the only church above a gate still holding church services. It was built in the 13th century and named after a local bishop, Swithun, thought to have been the tutor of King Alfred the Great. When Swithun's bones were moved to the Cathedral against his wishes, a terrible storm occurred, giving rise to the legend that if it rains on St Swithun's Day (15th July), it will rain for 40 days.
The Church is one of the destinations for this years Ride and Stride event. This is where people across 30 counties raise funds for churches and chapels of all denominations. They visit as many as they can, planning their own route and speed. Ride and Stride is taking place on 14th September, and it is intended there will also be a heritage display. Further details on the proposed exhibit will be confirmed nearer the time.
● Saturday 14th 1000-1600
The church is accessed via a steep set of stairs, so please wear sensible shoes. The church is also expected to be open during the festival period, please though come back here nearer time for more details.
The church is above the Kingsgate Arch, entrance via a steep flight of stairs on St Swithun Street