Winchester College Publication A Winchester Walk - Page 15
15 A Winchester Walk
St Swithun ’ s-upon-Kingsgate .
once a Roman gate , and the medieval city wall of which it is part sits on Roman foundations ( visible near the river ). Under Priory Gate , the royal coat of arms gleaming since its 2019 repaint , proceed towards the jumbled mix of buildings that forms part of Inner Close . Space does not allow even a partial description of the many different buildings that make up Inner Close , itself formed out of the destruction of two quadrangles of monastic buildings that once served the Cathedral . Distinguishing the styles of these buildings is a complicated job best left to architectural historians ; perhaps we should simply enjoy the ensemble and continue walking , though it is worth pausing in front of The Pilgrims ’ School , set back to the right in a grand red-brick building , where the College ’ s 16 Quiristers are educated , alongside 22 Choristers of the Cathedral and about 230 further pupils . The Channel 4 News broadcaster , Jon Snow , was a pupil here , a Cathedral Chorister .