An illustrated map of Winchcombe

Castle Street

Castle Street - Credit: Archant

Katie B Morgan’s brilliant map of Winchcombe captures its fascinating facts

Winchcombe map, December 2020, by Katie B Morgan

Winchcombe map, December 2020, by Katie B Morgan - Credit: Archant

Points of interest on Katie B Morgan’s map:

Belas Knap: Neolithic long barrow just outside Winchcombe.

Kenulf: In 798 Coenwulf or Kenulf, the King of Mercia, began to build a great Abbey and a palace here. Both no longer exist.

St Kenelm’s Well: Kenulf’s son, Kenelm, also King of Mercia, was murdered. His body was brought back to Winchcombe, and springs formed at every stopping place, hence St Kenelm’s Well.

Dissolution of the Monasteries: In 1539 the Abbey buildings were destroyed by Henry VIII.

St Peter’s Church: Known for grotesques, gargoyles, and the Winchcombe Imp. It is also a good example of a ‘wool church’.

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Dent’s Almshouses: Named after local philanthropist Emma Dent (1823-1900). She lived in and restored Sudeley Castle.

Sudeley Castle: Home and burial place of Catharine Parr. Visited by Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I.

Lewis Carrol: It’s believed the writer was inspired by one of the gargoyles, so creating the Mad Hatter.

Champagne bottle and cork: There is a Blue Plaque celebrating Christopher Merret (1614/1615–1695), the first to document the making of sparkling wine.

Winchcombe Pottery: Famous studio pottery. Master potters Michael Cardew (1901-1983) and Ray Finch (1914-2012) both owned it.

River Isbourne: Flows north, like the Nile.

The Butler-Volmer equation: John Alfred Valentine Butler (1899-1977), a physical chemist, was born in Winchcombe.

Rugby ball: International player William Ylend (1865-1939) was born in Winchcombe.

Walkers: Winchcombe, with its many footpaths, has ‘walkers are welcome’ status.

Tobacco: In 1619, local landowners began growing tobacco.

Horse Fair Street: The former name of North Street.

Stocks: Found near to the museum.

Happenstance: Mixed Border Morris side.

Winchcombeshire: In 1007, the town was the centre of its own county, Winchcombeshire.

Suffrage: Winchcombe formed a branch of the Women’s Suffragette Society. They gave out leaflets in Queen’s Square.

The Winchcombe Psalter: Now kept at Cambridge University, it was written in Latin and Anglo-Saxon between 1025 and 1050.

Annual Mop Fair: Held in October.

Radio Winchcombe: Find it on 107.1 FM!

Miles Coverdale (1488-1569): The translator of the Bible stayed at Sudeley.

Zebra: Zaza Zebra is a big sculpture kept at Winchcombe Reclamation. It was made by Dave Danson Hill, to recognise the plight of the endangered Grevy’s zebra, in Africa.

Clement Barksdale (1609 -1687): Religious author, born in Winchcombe.

Brock the badger: Book written by Lady Ashcombe about her old family pet.

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