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Warrens of Winchester: A History

Warren & Son, 85 High Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AE

As well as the history of the business up to the present day, we will tell you about the story of the building which ties into the history of Winchester and many of the buildings around the High Street.

Founded in 1835 Warren & Son, then a printer and publisher, was originally located in Parchment Street. Our current location in the High Street was then the local court house and the home of the prison Governor. Our talk this year will include a few details about the architect who designed the front of the building. 

In the cellar there is still a trace of the entrance to the underground passage which led to the City Prison, then fronting Jewry St. It is said that convicted criminals were taken directly from the court, along this passage, to the prisons, to commence their jail sentence. Unfortunately we cannot show you the entrance though as the basement isn’t accessible at any time to the public.

By 1859 Nathanial Warren had moved into 85 High Street, living with his family above the shop, which to this day has a post code unique to the building. In 1866 his son, William Warren, branched out from printing and created a stationery and 'fancy goods' store. In 1896 he went on to purchase the Hampshire Observer which continued to be printed by Warrens until 1957.

Warren and Son remains a thriving family business to this day, but now run by the Morgan family.

●  Friday 13 September: Talks 1030 and 1230

Access Information:
There are steps up into the shop itself, and a few steps within the building. Please note this is a working shop & although we will try to make sure we have enough staff at all times to answer questions for those visitors just popping in, customers will take priority.

Additional Information:
Max 30 people per tour/session. Visitors can pop in at any time during the festival to view our safe and exhibits, we advise pre-booking though for the talks