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Reason for inclusion: It was to this station that Watson and Holmes travelled from London on the cases of Silver Blaize, The Copper Beeches and Thor Bridge. It was here in “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” that Jethro Rucastle told Miss Violet Hunter “I shall meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train”. On being summoned, Watson announced “There is a train at half-past nine, said I, glancing over my Bradshaw. It is due at Winchester at 11.30.” In “Silver Blaize” we find that “Four days later Holmes and I were again in the train, bound for Winchester to see the races for the Wessex Cup. Colonel Ross met us by appointment outside the station and we drove in his drag to the course beyond the town.” In “The Problem of Thor Bridge” Holmes looked at his watch: “I have no doubt we can get the permits this morning and reach Winchester by the evening train”
Accessibility: Normal hours
Description: The London and South Western Railway (L&SR) station dates from 1838. it was built by Sir William Tite. The outside façade has changed little over the ensuing years. The City Council is planning to “develop” Station Approach so this may change in the future.
Comments: When Holmes and Watson arrived in Winchester for ”The Problem of Thor Bridge” a branch line ran from this station, often called “Winchester City” so as to avoid confusion with the “Chesil Street” station which was situated on the other side of the city. The branch line ran through Alresford and on to Farnham. Many Sherlockians believe that the site for Thor Bridge is at Avington Park and it could very well have been upon this branch line that Holmes and Watson travelled to the station at Itchin Abbas which is a village close by.
Contemporary illustration copyright Winchester City Council Collections. Provided by Hampshire Cultural Trust.