Winchester History Tour is a unique insight into the illustrious history of the ancient capital of Wessex. From the time of its Iron Age settlements, rulers, bishops and inhabitants over the last two millennia have left their mark on the city. Anglo-Saxon street plans, medieval gateways, and castles still preside, as do buildings of religious and scholarly importance. It is this past, tinged with myths and legends, and tales of our most celebrated monarch King Alfred, which attracts people from all around the world. Local author Anne-Louise Barton guides the reader through streets that are steeped in history, showing how its famous landmarks and hidden-away gems have transformed over time. With the help of a handy location map, readers are invited on this tour to discover for themselves the changing face of Winchester.
Anne-Louise Barton grew up in Winchester and has spent most of her working life there. Her interest in its history has developed through her father, John Barton, who is the author of several local interest titles, some of which she assisted on with producing the photographs and illustrations. For the past twenty years Anne-Louise has been a bookseller both in the new and second-hand book trade, and has recently taken over from her father as a partner at The Winchester Bookshop.