17. The King Alfred Millenary in Winchester, 1901

17. The King Alfred Millenary in Winchester, 1901
Hampshire Papers 17: The King Alfred Millenary in Winchester, 1901
by Barbara Yorke (1999)

In September 1901 Winchester played host to a major international commemoration of the death of King Alfred, which culminated in the unveiling of Hamo Thornycroft's famous statue of the king. Winchester was chosen because it had been a major centre of Alfred's patronage and was the place of his burial in 899 (not 901 as was believed in the late nineteenth century); it also had the enthusiastic championship of its mayor, Councillor Alfred Bowker.

This paper sheds light on Alfred's connections with the city and, using newspaper and other contemporary accounts and photographs, traces in detail the commemorative celebrations, among them guided visits to historic sites, a mayoral reception, an ox-roast and games on St Giles's Hill, and of course the unveiling by Lord Rosebery of the Alfred statue. The paper also considers how Alfred was viewed at the time and how his memory and example were used to promote a number of progressive causes.

Physical description 295mm x 210mm; softback; 28 pages.
Published in 1999 by Hampshire County Council.
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