Winchester Hidden Waterways Walk

Went on another of the summer's Hidden Walks in Winchester using this handy little map handed out to us: Lots of pretty old brooks in Winchester.  The reason for 'The Brooks' shopping centre name is much clearer now!  Sitting as it does between Upper and Middle Brook.  Fairly obvious really when you stop to think about… Continue reading Winchester Hidden Waterways Walk

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Winchester Hidden Railways Walk

Went on a tour of the old DN&SR Chesil railway station (or what remains of it) and tunnel in Winchester to seek out urban farming infrastructure locations. Chesil multi-storey car park sits over the site of the old station. Bear in mind this shows the top floor of the car park, and the station was… Continue reading Winchester Hidden Railways Walk

The History of Wolvesey Castle

Previously I used to choose project sites as an excuse to see a different part of the country.  But having the site local to me for this project is bloody handy, means you can make impromptu lunchtime site visits!  Anyway, it's going to be a long blog post this one.  Complete text of the palace… Continue reading The History of Wolvesey Castle

Prison that breeds entrepreneurs

BBC News feature on a prison in Uruguay that encourages inmates to set up businesses in the prison.  Has a re-offending rate of 50%.  Interesting idea that could be written into the narrative of the master plan.  Disaffected youth from the prison could be encouraged to farm the land of the water meadows, learning a… Continue reading Prison that breeds entrepreneurs

Dispatches: ‘The Battle of Twyford Down’

More HCC archives research, this time a recording of the Dispatches episode 'The Battle of Twyford Down'.  Summarised the political turmoil Winchester was experiencing at the time as the public wrestled with the government and the options presented to them. Many thought the route through the Twyford Downs was the worst option, presumably because the existing bypass… Continue reading Dispatches: ‘The Battle of Twyford Down’