Come all ye pilgrims and travellers, and join the Shire of West Dragoningshire for a pilgrimage at the Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty. Share with us in an evening of Chaucer; a morning pilgrimage to Winchester Cathedral, during which we will be tested on our knowledge of such things that would be known by pilgrims of yore; an afternoon demonstration of our fighting skills and an evening of feasting and storytelling.
The activities of Friday and Saturday evenings will be private to ourselves, though the resident brothers may join us for the Chaucer reading. During the day on Saturday, the site is open to the public. The fighting demonstration in the afternoon will be a public display, which has been very warmly received in previous years. Our hosts are keen that we should show that we do more than fighting, so those skilled in the arts and sciences are especially invited to show their activities and works (though not in formal demonstrations).
Our hosts would also like to see merchants with wares to sell, both to our members and to the public. Please spread the word to your merchant friends.
The Hospital of St Cross was founded in the 12th century and is one of the most beautiful period sites that we have used.
Crash space is available in the Tudor halls. Those with period pavilions are welcome to erect them on the green in the centre, and those with mundane tents camp in the adjacent gardens.
Food will be simple travellers’ fare on Friday evening, both breakfasts and Saturday lunch, with a Pilgrim’s feast on Saturday evening.
Hospital of St Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester, SO23 9SD
The site is around 10 minutes drive from J11 of the M3 and a 20-minute walk from Winchester station and the city centre.
Under 16 £10
Under 5 free
Family cap £40
Merchants – the site will levy an additional charge of £20 for those that wish to set up to sell their wares.
Cheques payable to SCA West Dragonshire at the address below.
Mistress Ariel of Lindisfarne
Master Paul de Gorey Location:
Shire of West Dragoningshire (Winchester, England)