The Westgate Museum, Winchester City Council
Medieval gateway, positioned close to Winchester's Great Hall, with portcullis slot and early gunports. Interesting graffiti from its use as a debtor's prison from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. Contains unique collection of the city's weights and measures, including the Winchester bushel and the standard yard of Henry VII's reign. Displays also include a fine ceiling from Winchester College painted to celebrate Queen Mary I and Phillip of Spain's marriage in 1554. Also armour, gibbet, leg-irons. Rooftop viewing of the Great Hall and the oldest High Street in England. Brass rubbing. Children's quiz. Artefact handling.
The Westgate is open from February half term to Halloween night each year, closing for the winter months of November, December and January.
April -October: Saturday 10am -5pm, Sunday 12pm -5pm
February -March: Saturday 10am -4pm, Sunday 12pm -4pm
Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art, Law and Order, Social History, Weapons and War