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Winchester: Magical & Mystical (Part 1)

By NEILMUIR1
July 20, 2010

The first enclosure at Winchester was built in 150 BC during the Iron Age, at the same time that a trading center was established. In 70 AD the Romans arrived and called Winchester "Venta Belgarum - marketplace of the Belgae," a regional capital. Then in 410 AD the Romans left and the capital collapsed. In 648 AD the first minster was founded as Christianity came to Winchester, now called the old minster. After the City's surrender to William the Conqueror in 1066, he started to build the present cathedral. The history of what was once the capital of England is so great it would need two lifetimes to even learn it all!

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Ridesredmule
Jul 19, 2010 6:40 PM CST
Dear Neil, it was magnificent. Such breathetaking beauty and the mystery of the knights of the round table.
This was a wonderful Article and it kept my attention with all the wonders of your Beautiful England.
Thank you for taking us on this vey wonderful tour. I really enjoyed it.
Your friend,
Charleen
Name: Linda Cartwright
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taters55
Jul 19, 2010 8:07 PM CST
It was a wonderful tour indeed! Love the photos, and stories that go with them. There is a lot of history over there!
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 19, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Dear Linda, thank you very much for your comments. Winchester is not very old to some places, it is because it is so condensed that people like the City centre! It makes it easy to see a lot in a day, though most people only ever get to the Cathedral, which is a shame. There is a mass amount of beauty around Winchester, unfortunately the Tourists are not interested in nature or wildlife.
That is why I have done two Articles; the City centre and then outside the walled City with its wildlife and then how the people live! I live on a tight budget so can only do so many Articles, so this was an opportunity I could not miss. Plus I love the place as well, which does help.
As you may realize there is only so much you can put on an Article or people get bored, I already put a lot of pictures on all mine so did not do the other side of Winchester!
Glad you enjoyed it though and look out for Part 2.
Regards.
Neil.
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boojum
Jul 20, 2010 6:24 AM CST
I never got outside of London on my only visit to the UK. Thank you so much for this article. Just great! I always feel like you've taken me with you. And I am very glad you experienced so many personal events at such a special place!!!! Keep writing as I always look forward to your articles, Neil!
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 20, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Dear Kathy. glad you enjoyed it. Part 2 will be out shortly.
Regards.
Neil.
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taters55
Jul 20, 2010 11:40 AM CST
Actually, I would rather see the back parts of the countries. So much more personal than seeing what everyone else see's! The main parts are beautiful, but I like to see how the locals live!
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 20, 2010 11:47 AM CST
Dear Linda obviously I cannot take pictures of their Houses, as that is not nice! But i do think you might enjoy the area the locals love!
Regards.
Neil.

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taters55
Jul 20, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Thanks Neil, I meant visiting local bars/pubs and shops, that most visitors don't know about.
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 20, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Wait for Part 2!
Regards.
Neil.

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boojum
Jul 20, 2010 1:07 PM CST
Oh gosh what great photos. I want to go there right now and have a lemonade or afternoon tea!
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2010 1:09 PM CST
isn't that a beautiful shot??? I love it.
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NEILMUIR1
Jul 20, 2010 2:35 PM CST
Charley would like the Garden!
Regards.
Neil.
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Miniature Gardening Mules Tip Photographer I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
Charter ATP Member Garden Ideas: Level 2 Seller of Garden Stuff Butterflies Birds Region: Georgia
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Ridesredmule
Jul 20, 2010 4:25 PM CST
Oh, Yes he would. Not to look at either!!! Rolling on the floor laughing

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