E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester Cathedral


Prior's Gate

This was taken in June when Tiff and I visited Winchester and St Cross.

This gate is one of the entrances to the Cathedral Close and dates from 15th century. The brick and  timber-framed building you can see is part of Church House, built in the 17th Century and now used as Diocesan offices.

Behind the wall to the right, and out of view, is Cheyney Court - apparently the most photographed building in Winchester.

I've seen this gate incorrectly referred to as both St Swithin's Gate and King's Gate - which is actually behind and to the right of where this picture was taken from.

More information about the gate is - here -
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Winchester Cathedral


Prior's Gate

This was taken in June when Tiff and I visited Winchester and St Cross.

This gate is one of the entrances to the Cathedral Close and dates from 15th century. The brick and  timber-framed building you can see is part of Church House, built in the 17th Century and now used as Diocesan offices.

Behind the wall to the right, and out of view, is Cheyney Court - apparently the most photographed building in Winchester.

I've seen this gate incorrectly referred to as both St Swithin's Gate and King's Gate - which is actually behind and to the right of where this picture was taken from.

More information about the gate is - here -
.

comments (21)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jul 2009, 00:25
Beautifully captured Ellie: you were lucky to avoid people in this shot!
EJWilkins: This was the only one of the three pictures I took that didn't include a person or vehicle that tried to sneak in whilst the shutter was being pressed. Not the best technically, but by far the best visually
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 21 Jul 2009, 02:07
Just glad you are back Ellie!!!!
EJWilkins: So kind of you to say so Graham, thanks. smile

We're visiting Winchester and St Cross at the end of August, would you be interested in joining us?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Jul 2009, 02:15
Beautiful walls, Ellie...and, a nice little hybrid-style bike to date the shot.
EJWilkins: The bike was so welcome, because it gives an idea of scale. They always look sort of old, don't they?
  • alex
  • United States
  • 21 Jul 2009, 05:16
Good to have you back, Ellie! It's been a long time now. Last time you were around, I wasn't.
EJWilkins: Thanks Alex, kind of you to say so. All I've got to do now is beat this nasty Lyme and I'll be up and running properly again. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Jul 2009, 05:52
It does not surprise me that this gate is captured so many times, I love the bike in the shot, great point of view.
I will answer your question you asked me, asap.
Hope you have a good day, I am of to my work now.
EJWilkins: It's raining here today Astrid, again!
Winchester is one of England's oldest cities, and used to be the seat of government, so it's got a few quite impressive buildings. It always surprises me that there are so few tourists, but maybe the one-way system was designed to keep them out! wink
Beautiful capture Ellie. I like the perspective!
EJWilkins: Yes, I got close to the road for this shot, seemed to work out OK smile
  • Chad Doveton
  • did I ever tell you the one about a man who though
  • 21 Jul 2009, 07:47
These gates are simply wonderful Ellie. It is a pity that so few remain.
EJWilkins: It's amazing really, even the wooden gates are there too, I doubt they're ever closed.
Good to have you back Ellie. The bike leaning against the fence makes this for me.
EJWilkins: It makes it more "real" somehow, not chocolate-boxish. wink
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jul 2009, 08:14
A beautiful, sharp, and well composed pic -completed by interesting information- I'm looking forward to a series about Winchester Cathedral!
EJWilkins: Not many of the pictures I took that day are worth showing but I/we will be going back to see some more.
If you check out Tiff's site >> http://tiff.shutterchance.com/photoblog/WINCHESTER_CATHEDRAL you will see some wonderful pictures along with some very useful information
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 21 Jul 2009, 08:30
What an entry and what a way to return Ellie
EJWilkins: Rather grand isn't it? I've often thought gates to old places are ridiculously high, but then I remember that people rode horses and had tall things like flags and lances to carry, and probably didn't appreciate being expected to duck!
Nicely captured. It is quite strange to see photos of somewhere I visited recently. In fact, I have photos of the details on the gates, and numerous other doors in the close vicinity. My favourite door is on the right hand side of the cathedral.
Really loved Winchester and recommend it to anyone who can get there to photograph.
EJWilkins: I think Winchester is my joint-favourite city, I like Chester too. They're both very friendly and have all sorts of historical surprises to see.
Will check out your site. I've also got a picture of the gate on the right, with wisteria rambling away behind it - sadly not really good enough to share though.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jul 2009, 12:00
Hope you are feeling better day by day- for antibiotics are the best and the only medicine as I just heard from my pharmacist- he very recommended -like the most doctors- to take an anti-borreliosis protective inoculation if you will be going to a known ticks- area! (I'll have to google if the Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor are such areas)
EJWilkins: Yes, a little better although still suffereing from "brain fog" and a numb leg.

I just looked up information about a vaccine and found this ...
"There is no vaccine against Lyme borreliosis currently available in Europe or North America. (A vaccine was available in the USA but was withdrawn in 2002). Research into new vaccines is continuing, but no product is likely to be available in the near future."
http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1204031510081
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jul 2009, 12:57
Lovely framing, Ellie and interesting notes about the Gate. I've walked through this many times without knowing it's name. The yellow lines are the only clue that this is not from a time long ago.
EJWilkins: I thought that about the yellow lines, but gave up trying to clone them out. Even the bike doesn't look completely out of place - but the post office van in one of my other shots would have been a bit of a giveaway don't you think? wink

It was hard to be sure of the name of the gate because it's recorded on so many blogs as St Swithin's Gate or King's Gate - which are one and the same and are round the corner. It isn't shown on the HCC map of Winchester!
Its such a grand gate...I've never been there Ellie, although I may have passed though years ago. Good one.
EJWilkins: There's a lot in Winchester that's easy to miss. I think it's because the town is seemingly quite small, with a maze of streets
Lovely composition Ellie. A very impressive gateway.

Sorry to here you have had that horrible affliction. I heard something about it on TV not long ago
EJWilkins: It really is an impressive gateway, I think one of the largest.

It's odd isn't it that Lyme Disease seems to be in the news at the moment, a coincidence
j'aime beaucoup cette photo
EJWilkins: merci beuacoup smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 21 Jul 2009, 19:29
Beautifully captured Ellie. There are so many beautiful old buildings in England. I'm a big fan of Time Team and I see it every Sunday. It's so interresting to learn about history.
EJWilkins: We've very lucky that so many survived the 20th century, when a lot of "old" buildings were demolished in the name of progress!
Whenever I see Winchester Cathedral the song by the New Vaudeville Band from 1966 goes through my mind, having seen the fine image Ellie I will be plagued by the refrain all night.
EJWilkins: You mean this one? >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkIJQxzuc8A

(You'll be singing it till the weekend now!)
I like the bike in the shot Ellie, adds a nice human touch. I presume Chris didn't ride from Bath!
EJWilkins: No, Chris didn't ride his bike from Bath, and I didn't ride mine from my home either, we arrived in our cars.
I was pleased with the bike in the picture, it added scale and also, as you say, something a bit more personal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jul 2009, 23:05
Yes, you are right: The vaccination is for meningoencephalitis and recommended in areas risk for ticks- a very bad disease, caused by ticks, esp. in Middle and East Europe. Sorry, I didn't distinguish between borreliosis and encephalitis, maybe because the symptoms of these different diseases are rather similar.
EJWilkins: I think the symptoms are similar, which makes things difficult for the doctors. Thanks Philine
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2009, 07:42
I am singing a song in my mind - guess which one? If you don't guess Winchester Cathedral, you can have another chance smile
EJWilkins: Yep, I keep thinking of the same song.

This one >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkIJQxzuc8A

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