Winchester City Museums hold well over 1,000 photographs taken by William Savage in the later nineteenth century.
This street scene on the north side of Winchester’s High Street just below the Westgate includes an interesting range of businesses. In the foreground is The Star Inn, its uneven roof and the jetty overhanging at first floor level on the west side hinting at its medieval origins. Two doors down from there are the printers and publishers Warren and Son, first established in Winchester in 1835 and still at 85 High Street operating as a stationer’s shop. Then there are the premises of a cutler, two drapers, a grocer, an army outfitter and a bank.
Quite a lot of the architecture seen here survives, including the attractive bow windows at 86-87 High Street, although The Star Inn was demolished not long after this photograph was taken.
The image was taken by William Savage, a professional Winchester photographer with premises lower down the High Street and also at Southgate Road (now St Michael’s Road), where he had a specially built studio attached to his home.
Winchester City Museums hold well over 1,000 photographs taken by William Savage in the later nineteenth century. A selection can be viewed in the “Gallery” section.
Winchester City Museums has over 40,000 photographs in its collection.
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