The Chesil Rectory

Historic Building in Winchester

The Chesil Rectory
CC BY-SA 2.0 / Des Blenkinsopp

No. 1, the Old Chesil Rectory, bears a construction date of 1459 but is likely from the early 16th century (also known as Cheese House). This two-story building features two gables with bargeboards facing the road. Its structure is timber-framed with plaster infilling, and the upper section slightly overhangs the brick ground floor. The roof is tiled, and there is a notable carved head on the projecting porch. Interestingly, this location served as Winchester’s first Sunday School. Currently, the building is under the ownership of the Local Authority and is utilized as a restaurant. Its map reference is SU 486 292.

Chesil Street derives its name from Cheesehill Street, which originated from the Anglo-Saxon term “ceosel,” meaning “gravel.” Unfortunately, the aesthetic appeal of the building is somewhat diminished by the presence of traffic lights. Although not directly attached to the structure, their positioning significantly detracts from its visual charm and value.

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Visiting The Chesil Rectory


Monday to Thursday

Lunch 12noon – 14:30 | Dinner 17:30 – 21:00

Friday & Saturday

Lunch 12noon – 14:30 | Dinner 17:30 – 21:30


Lunch 12noon – 15:00 | Dinner 18:00 – 20:30

Address: The Chesil Rectory, Chesil Street, Winchester, UK
Duration: 20 minutes

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