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David Ford, History EditorTours > Winchester

Tour the City of Winchester
by David Nash Ford BA, Editor, History on Britannia

Guildhall

Winchester's Guildhall dominates the Broadway. It is a vast Victorian Gothic building with a large central copper clad clock-tower, designed by Jeffery and Skiller. It opened in 1873, replacing the old Georgian building in the High Street which now houses Lloyd's Bank. Considering that much of the city's wealth was based on the cloth-trade, it seems fitting that the building should imitate the great continental cloth halls such as Ypres and Bruges. Still the seat of the City Council, the building is now also the home of the Guildhall Art Gallery and the Winchester's Tourist Information Centre.

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