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Warren and Son

85 High Street

Winchester

SO23 9AE

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Join Warren & Son on Friday for a special talk and discover the fascinating history behind one of Winchester's longest established businesses. Throughout the festival period you will also be able to take a look inside their big safe.

There are two talks taking place on the first day of festival - 10:30 and 12:30. Booking is not essential to guarantee a place we recommend booking in advance.

Founded in 1835 Warren & Son, then a printer and publisher, was originally located in Parchment Street. Our current location in the High Street was then the local court house and the home of the prison Governor. In the cellar there is still a trace of the entrance to the underground passage which led to the City Prison, then fronting Jewry St. It is said that convicted criminals were taken directly from the court, along this passage, to the prisons, to commence their jail sentence.

By 1859 Nathanial Warren had moved into 85 High Street, living with his family above the shop, which to this day has a post code unique to the building. In 1866 his son, William Warren, branched out from printing and created a stationery and 'fancy goods' store. In 1896 he went on to purchase the Hampshire Observer which continued to be printed by Warrens until 1957.

Warren and Son remains a thriving family business to this day, but now run by the Morgan family.

Please note booking is not essential for the talk but it is recommended due to limited places available. Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked. Please also note there are a couple of steps up into the shop, and a few within the building too.

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