05 Jun 2008 • 1,234 views
Hampshire County Council.
Perhaps the most modern of all the public clocks in Winchester. This one, which can be seen in the far distance in the picture of - the Guildhall -
, is on a tower above the County Council Headquarters Buildings at The Castle. I think the buildings are ex-military.
The weather vane is the "Hampshire Hog". According to the - County Council's web site - "It is not known when the Hampshire hog was first associated with Hampshire, but by 1790 the term had found its way into the dictionary. Francis Grose in "A provincial glossary" defined the Hampshire hog as a "jocular appellation for a Hampshire man; Hampshire being famous for a fine breed of hogs, and the excellency of the bacon made there."
The County's Coat of Arms, granted in 1992, is a 'Rose and Crown'.
As you can see from the time shown on the clocks, it took me about an hour to wander up the High Street from the Guildhall - map here -
and - picture here -
to the County Council offices at "The Castle" - map here -
It's a bit less than a mile and would normally take less than fifteen minutes.
The picture is a bit dull because it was getting dark early, even though we're approaching the longest day. Thick cloud was blocking out the sunlight.