Wolvesey Castle was once the residence of Bishop Henry de Blois who commissioned the 900-year-old Winchester Bible, and grandson of William the Conqueror, and brother of King Stephen.
Written in Vulgate Latin (the language of monks in monasteries) it took one scribe five years to write. The script style is exactly the same, with beautifully colored illuminations gracing the pages. This awesome, historically significant Bible can be seen at The Kings and Scribes Exhibition, Winchester Cathedral.
Wolvesey Castle, a 13th-century masterpiece is both impressive and atmospheric. The full glory of this once architectural masterpiece becomes apparent when witnessing the dramatic height of the towers, tall arches, former treasury, kitchens, and freshwater system. Allowing the mind to wander and imagination take over, the original glory of its iconic structure may be visualized; perhaps a sixth sense where in the mind’s eye the castle returns to its original splendor.
The medieval city wall complete with battlements can be seen outside the ruins.
Wolvesey Castle enthralls visitors, leaving them enchanted and in awe of its historical significance and former grandeur.
Exiting Wolvesey Castle and walking alongside beautifully tree-lined pathways is the nearby River Itchen; Poet Keats’ favourite walk, Majestic swans gently acknowledge your presence with a seemingly regal nod of approval. They gently glide around with their life-long partners and signets in procession; the only thing missing being a royal wave.
The opportunity of seeing them ‘take-off’ prompts the imagination, recalling the sight of Concorde at Terminal 4, Heathrow. Both, amazing sights.