The Hospital of St. Cross Church : Winchester
When Sarah & Nigel sent me a link to the Web site for the location they’ll be marrying at this May, I knew I had to go pay a visit in advance to soak up all the atmosphere visually.
So I did.
Building of the Church at the Hospital of St. Cross commenced in 1135, roughly the same time that I arrived there as it happens. The Hospital (synonymous with ‘hospitality’ in this case, rather than indicating a place for medical treatment) is the oldest continuing almshouse in England. According to its Web site visitors can still receive the Wayfarers’ Dole there, consisting of beer and bread. I kept my eyes peeled for this. I really did. There’s an excellent pub called The Bell at the head of the Hospital’s access lane though, where you can pay your own way :~)
Twenty-five Brothers attend to the Hospital's running. Each is allocated a self-contained flat on the grounds.
I once had an original model Mini in that exact same colour, Primrose Yellow (don't ask). I drove it all the way from Bournemouth in the South of England to Aix-en-Provence in the South of France to spend a period of time working at an audio-visual company located in an old farmhouse with unspoilt views of acre upon hectare of Lavender fields backed by Sainte Victoire, the mountain that Cezanne painted time and again. When it came time to return to the UK I swore that regardless of the cost I'd not take my life in my hands by driving that route again in a diminutive car with so small an engine and a GB sticker on the back that apparently formed an acronym for a phrase that roughly translates as "run me off the road". I braced myself to spend all I'd earned, if necessary, transporting the car back to the North of France by train. Turns out it cost the equivalent of £40.00. That's less than I spent on petrol on the way down!
An early promise that the Compton garden will be bursting with colour come May.
I spotted these intriguing vehicles parked up in the Tudor ambulatory. Strangely they evoked memories of the time that I drove from Bournemouth to Aix-en-Provence in the South of France. I think they'd look splendid with a lick of Primrose Yellow paint.
Anyway, about this church...
It really is something of a treasure.
Sunlight through the main window shines directly onto The Cross of St. Cross on the 3rd of May and 14th of September each year.
One of two side chapels that flank either side of the high altar.
I couldn’t possibly fit this final one in to the height of a browser window on even the highest resolution monitor so try not to fall over backwards as you scroll through it.
The Hospital of St. Cross is located in Winchester, Hampshire. Directions and contact details can be found on The Hospital of St. Cross Web site.
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