Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

Day Two – Winchester

Wonderful Winchester is a fantastic place to start our adventure through English culture and history (the city is more than 2,000 years old!).

We got dropped off at the famous statue of King Alfred. What a guy! He was a very cunning leader dating back to the times before England was unified and the Vikings were raiding the English coast!

During our time in Winchester everyone visited the ancient cathedral. If you lie down on the floor you get an amazing view of the ceiling! Whilst we were in Winchester Cathedral we visited the Crypt, where there is an amazing sculpture by the famous British artist Anthony Gormley.

We also learnt about William Walker, or Diver Bill. He is credited with saving the cathedral from flooding by sealing the holes with concrete in the early 1900s. He wore a heavy bronze diving suit and submerged himself in dark dirty water every day for 6 years to save this fantastic house of God. Have you heard of Saint Swithun? He was a bishop of Winchester. It is said that if it rains on Saint Swithun’s day it will rain continuously for forty days. Saint Swithun’s day is 17thJuly, so remember to keep an eye on the weather forecast next Wednesday!

We also visited the ruins at Wolvesey Castle and had time to do some shopping and enjoy our delicious packed lunches on the grass in front of the cathedral.   What a fantastic first off campus day for Cranleigh ISCA 2019!