The South Travel Guide

The South Sights

King's Gate

  • St. Swithun St. Map It
  • Winchester
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 08/20/2030

Fodor's Review

One of two surviving gateways in the city's original ancient walls, this structure to the south of the Close is thought to have been built in the 12th century as a remodeling of a Roman gate on the site. The tiny 13th-century church of St. Swithun-upon-Kingsgate, a rare surviving example of a "gateway church" (built into the walls of medieval cities), is on the upper floor. Nearby, 8 College Street is the house where Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817, three days after writing a comic poem about the legend of St. Swithun's Day (copies are usually available in the cathedral).

Sight Information

Address:

St. Swithun St., Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9JP, England

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Published 08/20/2030

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