Garden plan for Winchester Palace’s hall

One of the places on the Thames Path where it is a pleasure to be briefly inland is just upstream of Southwark Cathedral where the route is along Clink Street.

The cobbled way is flanked by the Victorian warehouses of Winchester Wharf and the remains of the great hall of Winchester Palace.

When this was the residence of the Bishops of Winchester it was possible to look out of the windows and see the river. It was a riverside dining room known to both Katharine of Aragon and Mary I.

Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, who chaired the team translating the King James Bible, lived there.

The hall’s rose window survives in the ruin and now the suggestion is to make the exposed cellar into a garden.

The details are here.

David Walliams has left Wallingford

Wallingford Bridge was packed with people to greet David Walliams on Wednesday evening as he continued his Lechlade to Big Ben swim for charity.

He is not at all well which is a reminder how dangerous the water can be in both flow and quality.

His support team hopes that David will make Caversham Bridge by tonight.

David Walliams leaves Lechlade

BBC1’s One Show had good coverage on Monday night of David Walliams setting out on his swim from Lechlade to London.

There was a recording of Halfpenny Bridge packed with people.

Angela Rippon was live at Bablock Hythe ferry with a crowd of people from the Ferryman Inn hoping to welcome David. However, he came out of the water a little upstream at Northmoor Lock.

Let’s hope the One Show stays with the story.