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Winchester College

Winchester College is one of the oldest and most prominent public schools in Britain. William Wykeham, the Bishop of Winchester, founded Winchester College in 1382 and thereby provided a model on which other prestigious schools like Harrow and Eton would be built. Winchester College claims to have the longest unbroken record of schooling in England. Since its medieval foundations, Winchester College has added a variety of architectural styles to its complex. These now include Tudor, Gothic, Victorian and the War Cloisters which commemorate students who died in WWI. Although the aim of Winchester College was to provide education for “seventy poor and needy scholars” most students here do not hail from the lower income bracket. Nevertheless, Winchester College does provide some financial assistance and full bursaries to those in genuine need. During the school year, the cloisters and chantry are open to the public and the chapel is open all year. Guided tours are also available on select days. Contact either Winchester College or the Winchester Tourist Information Centre for more details.

Address: College Street
Postcode: SO23 9NA
Town/city or near: Winchester
County: Hampshire

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