We found it in Chesil

We found it in Chesil

This art project inspired by the Chesil Street area of Winchester, made up of
six large panels featuring the stories, memories and photographs of local people will be displayed on hoardings at the site of the extra-care housing development on the former Chesil Street surface car park.

The £4,000 community project was led by Salisbury-based artist Laurence Dube-Rushby and involved a wide range of local residents and groups. These included pupils from All Saint’s School, young people and staff from the Chesil Theatre, residents at the St John’s charity, local businesses such as the Black Boy, Steele Funeral Directors and the Chesil Rectory and local organisations such as Winchester City Mill, Winchester tour guides and the Hampshire Cultural Trust.

Laurence Dube-Rushby said:

It was amazing to discover a wealth of historical facts related to the street as well as personal stories. Chesil Street seems like a whole separate part of Winchester with a real identity attached to it. I have really enjoyed the time I spent here with all the wonderful business-owners, residents, young people and visitors. I hope they like the designs as much as I enjoyed making them.

Each of the designs is approximately 1.9m high by 3m wide so that they can be seen by passing motorists as well as pedestrians.

The designs will be on display on the hoardings for around a year during the construction of the extra-care scheme. Further details of the Chesil Extra Care scheme can be found on the web page  www.winchester.gov.uk/housing/new-affordable-housing/on-site-schemes/new-council-housing-extra-care.

Anyone interested in displaying the artwork after that should contact Mark Maitland, Community Officer at Winchester City Council, mmaitland@winchester.gov.uk.

More information in the hoardings can be found in the brochure downloadable below.

For more details of the art project and to see the finished designs visit Laurence’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/wefounditinchesil.


  • Chesil All Saints
  • Chesil Transport
  • Chesil Theatre
  • Chesil and the Mills 2
  • Chesil Information board