Winchester, St Cross, Hampshire, ****

“Forget the M3 and its tributaries. Forget booming Winchester, its college and wrecked city centre. Wander downstream beside the River Itchen to the water meadows beneath St Catherine’s Hill. Here lies England’s oldest and most perfect almshouse…St Cross is a Norman cathedral in miniature. These are the lofty vaults, heavy piers and rounded windows of the Angevin kings, monarchs of thick forests and desperate civil wars.”

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