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The Chesil Rectory & so much more!


Chesil Rectory Restaurant, 1 Chesil Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0HU

Your tour begins inside our unique & historic Medieval restaurant. Hosted by one of Winchester's professional tourist guides, this is a fascinating journey through the history of Chesil Street & beyond including St John's Church. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Dating from the mid 15th century, the Chesil Rectory is one of the best preserved medieval buildings in Winchester. Enjoy a rare opportunity to join a free guided tour and learn more about the quirky building, as well as the history of Chesil Street & beyond including St John's Church & a visit to the unique Chesil Rectory.

The Chesil Rectory is a remarkable building & a unique survivor from a previous age. Originally built by a wealthy merchant between 1425-1450, it is Winchester’s oldest commercial property & one of the city’s best preserved Medieval buildings.

The house, constructed on land owned by St.Mary’s Abbey, was seized by Henry VIII during the 1500s when he disbanded many religious buildings in England during “the dissolution of the monasteries.” He subsequently gave the Chesil Rectory to his daughter, Queen Mary I, known as Mary Tudor. Her lavish wedding to King Philip II of Spain in 1554 at Winchester Cathedral almost bankrupted the city &, as part payment for the expensive wedding celebrations, Mary Tudor bequeathed the Chesil Rectory in 1555 to the City of Winchester.

A merchant’s house, an antique shop, a tannery, a private dwelling, general store & tea rooms, the building has been a restaurant for the last 85 years. Book your place today and step inside our historic Medieval restaurant.

●  Friday 14 September: Tour commences 1100 prompt

●  Sunday 16 September: Tour commences 1100 prompt

Access Information:
Our medieval restaurant has steep stairs inside, and steps down to access, and so unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.

Additional Information:
Max 16 people per tour/session. Tour is around half hour. There is parking very close by. 

Directions:
The tour commences from inside The Chesil Rectory.