Guided tours start from the Winchester College Porters’ Lodge, Winchester College, College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9NA
Within the precincts of Winchester College is the beautiful and peaceful War Cloister, a memorial to former pupils who died in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts. Listen to their stories and the story of the creation of this wonderful memorial.
Winchester College has been described as one of the finest collections of historic buildings in Southern England, and the War Cloister is one of the most beautiful within the collection.
The War Cloister was the vision of Headmaster Montague Rendall and designed by the architect Sir Herbert Baker It was originally designed as a memorial to the 500 former pupils killed during the First World War and is the largest private war memorial in Europe.
It contains a wealth of symbolic detail. Recorded on the stone corbels and beams of the roof are the badges of the 120 regiments in which Old Wykehamists served. The badges of the regiments most closely associated with Winchester: the Royal Artillery, the Hampshire Regiment and the King’s Royal Rifle Corps are held by angels on the oak struts. In each of the corners, the four quarters of the Empire are commemorated. Africa, Australasia, Canada and the West Indies, and India.
● Thursday 13 September: Tours 1445, 1600
The deadline for bookings will be 48 hours before the tour is scheduled to take place.
Please be aware there are some uneven surfaces so sensible shoes are recommended. Please also be aware there are no public toilets available. As a working school, please note that parking will not be available during the Heritage Open Days weekend. There are a number of public car-parks in the city centre within walking distance from the College.
Max 20 people per tour/session. Tour takes approximately 1 hour.