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Discover the Chesil Rectory & so much more!


  • Chesil Rectory Restaurant 1 Chesil Street Winchester, England, SO23 0HU United Kingdom (map)

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

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 20 September: Tour commences 1100 prompt

●  Saturday 21 September: Tour commences 1600 prompt

Access Information:
Outside Walk involves steps, narrow entrances and uneven surfaces. The Chesil Rectory has a steep and narrow staircase. Not suitable for those with walking difficulties or pushchairs/prams

Meet outside Chesil Rectory Restaurant, 1 Chesil Street, SO23 OHU