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Church of St Lawrence-in-the-Square


St Lawrence Church, The Square, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9EX

St Lawrence Church stands on the site of the chapel of William the Conqueror’s Palace and is the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the City walls. Join us for a Green Fayre on Saturday and a poetry event on Sunday.

St Lawrence is a church of great interest, not only for its unusual square design but also for its fine 17th-century ‘king-post’ roof and its ancient site. The Church stands on the site of the chapel of William the Conqueror’s Palace, and is called the Mother Church of Winchester, for it is the only surviving church of Norman foundation within the city walls. Before a new Bishop of Winchester is enthroned, he is first presented at St Lawrence.

A Green Fayre will be taking place in the church on Saturday 15th September where stalls will be selling green goods or promoting green issues.

On Sunday 16th (1200-1300), join us for an hour of poetry readings by ‘Loose Muse Winchester’ poets organised by Sue Wrinch. Poems have been especially written for Heritage Open Days on this year’s theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’. Please see separate event listing for more information on the poetry performance, including booking details.

●  Thursday 13 September: 1000-1600

●  Friday 14 September: 0900-1630

●  Saturday 15 September: 1000-1600 (Green Fayre taking place)

●  Sunday 16 September: 1130-1600 (Poetry reading at 12noon)

No booking required.

Additional Information:
Visitors do not need to book to visit the Church or the Green Fayre on the Saturday, however if you wish to join us for the poetry reading we highly recommend you pre-book. Please see our separate entry for more details. Please note that there will be refreshments available at the Green Fayre on Saturday 15th. 

Directions:
From the High Street go through the tunnel next to the Butter Cross, and the entrance is on the left.

Earlier Event: September 13
The Great Hall