Common Time 2019


The Chapel from the SW

The School maintains nine Grade I, four Grade II* and eighty Grade II listed buildings. Some of these are of national importance. Grade I listed buildings include those first established in the late fourteenth century i.e. Outer Court, Chapel and Chantry plus the later buildings of School (late seventeenth century) and Sick House (Commonwealth period). Classrooms by Butterfield in the Victorian Tudor Gothic style, and other later buildings including the War Cloisters built to commemorate members of the School killed in the First World War, are important additions. All of these adjoin Meads with its two hundred year old plane trees and its ancient enclosing stone wall.

Other buildings have been added over the years, including a Concert Hall, Theatre, Music School, Science School, Art School and Physical Education Centre, together with courts for fives, rackets and squash. Nearby, in adjacent streets, are the ten Commoner boarding houses. The total collection of buildings that form Winchester College today represents over six centuries of continuous development. It is a unique architectural ensemble in a setting that combines both the urban and the rural. As generations of Wykehamists will testify, living and working in such a setting is itself an education.

A few years ago the Friends of Winchester College produced a leaflet on College Sick House and one on School.