Abbey House

Abbey house stands on the sight of St Mary’s Abbey. It was built about 1750 and originally faced the gardens to the rear. The present castellated front was added after the widening of Broadway in 1771. Benedictine nuns, fleeing the disturbances of the French Revolution, made their homes here in the 1790s. The house now serves as the official residence of the Mayor of Winchester.*

Abbey House

The gardens with the guildhall to the right:

Abbey Gardens

The statue of King Alfred as seen from the front of Abbey House:

King Alfred from Abbey House

*From a signboard next to the house.

12 Comments CherryPie on Nov 25th 2014

12 Responses to “Abbey House and Gardens”

  1. james higham says:

    Did you have a cuppa with the Mayor?

  2. Amfortas says:

    Those nuns were darned fine builders.


  3. Ginnie says:

    I like how so many English gardens are raised or “contained” in such a way that you can walk around them. What a beautiful place, Cherry.

  4. Thank you so much for your comments while I was away!
    I’m finally back ;) Please come and see my holiday photos tomorrow :)

  5. ubermouth says:

    I like this place better than No. 10.

    What a charmed life you have,wondering around all these places,taking photographs. You’re so interesting,Cherie!

  6. Astrid says:

    I am awe of the gardeners work, they do such a great job.