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Church of St. Swithun-upon-Kingsgate
City Map, #17

The tiny church of St. Swithun occupies the upper level of the King's Gate in Winchester. This was once a not uncommon position for a place of worship, but St. Swithun's is the only one remaining today. It is first mentioned in the city records in 1264, though the upper walls of the present gateway, and therefore the church, are probably 14th century in date.

The gateway was a particularly popular entry point to the city for pilgrims heading towards the Shrine of St. Swithun in the nearby Cathedral. They would have stopped at the little church to give thanks for reaching their destination safely and pray at its patron's statue. You can still see the niche today where it used to stand. The church holds regular services and is usually open to the public in daylight hours.

  

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