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Brief description of site

The arcaded Cloisters consist of knapped flint, dressed stone and English oak. The cross in the centre is designed by Alfred Turner and the central gabled entrance has a Madonna by Charles Wheeler. This is reputedly the largest private war memorial in Europe.

The Garden of Remembrance following Jekyll’s idea was planted up with roses and white lilies in the grass areas where they touched the arcades. Following a revamp in the 1960s much of the Jekyll planting was replaced and following a further, major redesign in 2014 there is sadly almost nothing left of Jekyll’s plan.

Brief history of site

To commemorate the death of 500 Wykehamists who fell in service in the World War 1, Cloisters and a Garden of Remembrance were designed by Herbert Baker, in 1924. Gertrude Jekyll created a planting plan for the Garden, the plan of which still resides in the College Library.

Location information:

Address: Winchester College, College St, Winchester, SO23 9NA

Locality: Winchester

Local Authorities:

Hampshire; Winchester

Historical County: Hampshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 185 Grid Ref: SU482290
Latitude: 51.0583 Longitude: -1.31362

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

There are regular public tours.

Key information:

Form of site: memorial garden

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: commemorative monument

Site first created: 1924

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant


Owner: Winchester College

External web site link:

External web site link:


People associated with this site

Architect: Sir Herbert Baker (born 09/06/1862 died 04/02/1946)

Designer: Gertrude Jekyll (born 29/11/1843 died 08/12/1932)

Designer: Charles Wheeler (born 1892 died 1974)


Organisations associated with this site

Hampshire Gardens Trust

Contributor or Recorder Janet Hurrell; Hampshire Gardens Trust


  • Winchester College Garden of Remembrance

    Winchester College Garden of Remembrance

  • Winchester College Garden of Remembrance

    Winchester College Garden of Remembrance