We stopped in Winchester on the way back from Bruton, mainly to see the excellent, but small Ravilious exhibition in the building which used to house the Public Library, now with an exhibition space at the back. It gave us an opportunity to walk through the Close and admire how astonishingly well preserved the centre of Winchester is – so little 1960s developments, no big, new, out-of-scale buildings and still a lot of surviving late medieval buildings round the Cathedral: I presume the result of prosperity and big conservative landowners in the Church and the College. But how has it escaped, I wonder ?


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