An imposing statue of Alfred, the only English king ever called great, is just round the corner from the B&B. This wonderful landmark dominates the Broadway and looks right up the High Street. Winchester was transforming in his time from the capital of Wessex to that of England through wars against the Viking invaders. Under his influence books were translated and written in the Anglo-Saxon language, so the city lays claim to be the birthplace of the English language.
In Alfred’s time one of Winchester’s bishops was Saint Swithun who has ever since been well known for his part in British weather lore. The site of his tomb was within the first cathedral whose outline can be seen alongside the Norman successor.