Wolvesey Castle

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.

Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.


    • Hello Charlotte,

      Last week I took a number of photos of the castle ruins; always challenging not to. Every few steps something else is revealed is it so complex. So the featured photo is for real!

      The photo photo of the Cathedral was taken last Fall.

      The city is like walking through history.

      My future articles will feature the natural environment; Nature together with historic structures

      Thank you for comments; always welcome.