The mighty, gnarled plane trees of Meads are thought to have been planted together with the limes in 1781 as part of William Bowles’s plan to improve the Fellow’s pleasure grounds. The College still has a record of the bill for work - £37.17s.7d, including ‘two large planes’ at 1/- each to Isaac Keen of Southampton.
It is thought the trees should last for 300 years, but to ensure an orderly and gradual succession rather than seeing them all replaced at once in c.2081, cuttings were taken from each of the trees three years ago and raised at Hillier’s nursery.
In late March six were planted around Meads, another in the Warden’s Garden and two in Lavender Meads, to replace ash trees suffering from die-back. Several more will be planted as part of the Southern Campus project and some will be planted at St Cross Hospital.
The work has been generously funded by Sir Richard Storey (Bramston's, 1950-55), who has also commissioned artist Emily Patrick to paint Meads in oils.
Let us hope that a generous Wykehamist is around to fund their replacement in time for William of Wykeham’s 1000th birthday in 2320.
30th September 2019
The Treasury museum at the school is now free to the public and open daily, as we make these wonderful treasures more accessible to all.
15th August 2019
As part of its commitment to improve access to all, the school has started to run tours for the visually impaired, which are providing a different perspective on many aspects of the school for everyone involved as guides and participants are encouraged to experience the medieval buildings and environment in new ways.
19th July 2019
The summer break gives many of us an opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year. As we said goodbye to some very long serving staff and our sixth form pupils, the College Chaplain used his final service of the academic year, to speak of freedom and the importance of good advice. Here is an extract from that address.
9th July 2019
To mark the 200th anniversary of Keats's time in Winchester, the school will host two public talks and a new exhibition about the poet.
27th June 2019
Falling in the First World War, former pupil, Captain William Miles Kington was only recently identified. Two of our teaching staff travelled to the Tyne Cot cemetery to attend the Ceremony of Rededication of his headstone.
18th June 2019
A beautiful new publication showcases 50 treasures from the school's outstanding collections.