On this day of 1st October

Henry III was born in Winchester in 1207. Henry was very much attached to Winchester and often held his colourful Christmas courts there. He built the Great Hall that still stands there, and yet the city remains indifferent to his memory. Not his long reign of 56 years, or his rebuilding of Westminster Abbey, or his legacy of peace and charity have moved Winchester to act. They prefer to be known as Alfred’s town, with his statue that stands on The Broadway. Apparently it’s better for tourism if visitors see a warrior king with sword in hand than a barefoot one feeding the poor.

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