SIR: I was shocked on reading the potential destruction of the much loved and admired Water Garden which is so close to Winchester Cathedral (Chronicle, October 29).

The individual who purchased this unique Water Garden stated clearly that he would not build on it. Sadly the council did not act as quickly as required opening up a situation where even more urgent action is now required.

This is part of our heritage and under no circumstances should it be destroyed for the sake of selfish financial gain, especially when Mr. Stone stated, ‘what’s the point of having something that beautiful and building on it,’ ‎ it seems words are cheap.

Visitors from around the world are truly in awe of this most beautiful Water Garden.

The council must me more alert to applications that destroy our cherished heritage. Forget the expansion of housing; this is in an ancient location which must be protected.

Simon Lever,

Juniper Close,

Badger Farm.


SIR: An article on page 3 of last week’s Hampshire Chronicle, together with letters on page 22, outlines an application to build on the beautiful Water Garden in Colebrook Street. In the hope that other readers will share my dismay and also wish to express this to the city council, I will set out below my recent e-mail of objection.

“I wish to strongly object to the proposed changes to the Water Garden in Colebrook Street. Although in private ownership, this garden has provided untold pleasure over at least 50 years to Winchester’s residents and visitors. It is unique. I believe that, whilst created by Sir Peter Smithers, it is also linked to Winchester’s noted historian, Barbara Carpenter Turner, and it incorporates one of the ancient springs on which our city is built. The gentle sound of this water, together with the beauty of the Garden as a whole and its view of the Cathedral, invariably evoke exclamations of delight from visitors to Winchester. They are things that residents such as myself never tire of and which make us feel we are very lucky to live here.

“I do hope the city council will do all in its power to ensure that something so precious remains unspoiled for ourselves and generations to come.”

With November 11 as a closing date for objections to reach the council, I hope many readers will care enough to make their voices heard before it is too late.

Mary Pearson,

Manor Close,


SIR: Our visit to Winchester this week (from another cathedral city), took in some wonderful sites. One of which I saw in your Chronicles article this morning is a threat to a scenic view to the rear of the cathedral.

If you let developers get away with their schemes you will have little to offer your touristy visitors tomorrow. Beware! And protect what you have.

Robert Dennis,