Winchester’s Bloody History - new book launched in time for Christmas

Press Release: 03/12/2013

Book launch, L-R: Cllr Jeffs, James King, Clare Dixon, Geraldine Buchanan, Don Bryan

A new and exciting look at Winchester’s long and turbulent history has been written by four of the City's official Tourist Guides with support from Winchester City Council's Museums team. Published by The History Press, “Bloody British History: Winchester” takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the more disturbing events of the city’s past; two thousand years of hangings, burnings, despotic kings and tyrants, wars, disease and worse.

The book was authored by four of Winchester's city tourist guides: Don Bryan; Geraldine Buchanan; Clare Dixon; and James King; and focuses on the human stories that bring the historic city scape to life.

Clare Dixon, Chair of Winchester Area Tourist Guides Association (WATGA) presented a copy to Ross Turle of Winchester Museum Services, thanking him and his colleague Pru Hatton for their help in researching images and verifying content. At a reception held by Cllr Ernest Jeffs, Mayor of Winchester at Abbey House on Monday she said,

The tourist guides have been welcoming and guiding visitors around the city and district, giving talks and running local history courses for over 35 years but this is the first time that a book has been published under our auspices. It has been some time since any general history of Winchester has been published and our book will help to fill the gap. It contains fresh material that has not appeared in previous histories of the city.

Cllr Jeffs added

I look forward to finding out more about our historic city and am most grateful to learn that the authors are donating their royalties to the Mayor of Winchester’s Charity and other charitable causes. From what I have already seen this is a must-read for all Wintonians and the perfect stocking filler for history buffs.

"Bloody British History: Winchester" is now available in local bookshops, P & G Wells, Winchester Tourist Information Centre and Waterstones priced at £9.99. It is also available on line through Amazon.

For more information on guided tours in December go to or contact the Tourist Information Centre by telephone 01962 840500 or email: