12 January, 2008

Winchester: Gods, Almshouses and Churches

A visit to Winchester on a sunny and crisp winters day. The first picture shows a sculpture of a river god in a garden where a stream appears to have its source in a spring. The next picture is of a set of almshouses and the final picture is of the gatehouse to the close of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, St Peter, St Paul and St Swithun. The second arch you can see through that supports the little church of St Swithun upon Kingsgate, a church above a gateway, once a chapel for the lay workers of the Cathedral.

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11 January, 2008


A visit to Southampton to see St Albans Church Swaythling, another post in an occasional series on 20th Century churches. There is little information about this church unfortunately, so I can't give much information. It is a church built in the 1930s to serve the new Burgess Road Estate in Swaythling, which was being developed by the Southampton Council and the Swaythling Housing Society. The Swaythling Housing Society Estate has worn much better than the council one.

The church is traditional in shape but with lots of 1930s features such as dormer windows on the hall. Set on a hill it stands out clearly in the sunlight from the park near the Itchen River at Bitterne Park.

03 January, 2008

Progress estate

The Progress Estate was built as Housing for munitions workers towards the end of world war one and subsequently taken over by Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society and sold when the RACS was taken over by the CWS. Well within the traditions of the Garden Cities Movement the houses are in a pleasing maedieval cottage style and are attractively arranged with delightful vistas. The Estate has worn very well in its 90 or so years.

Enjoy the photo essay.