Winchester k.26. Antonino vent belgarum. Britannis Caer Gwent Saxonibus Wintancester. Leland calleth it Britannice Caer Guin, Whyte Cyttye. Winchester or Vinchester de [binis] urbibus cur non. It is devided by the mayne river as if it were 2 townes
wherof some have bene of opinion that it shoulde take name. It was buylded by Ru[ ]hudibras the sonne of Leile above 2300 yeares since. Kinge Arthure at this place kept his rounde table after he had discouraged the Saxons at the seige of Lincolne ab
out ao Christe .518.
Kennewalch the Sonne of Kennegill kinge of the West Saxons founded the Cathredall church in this Cyttie making it a B. Sea about ao. 643.
Adelnulph sonne of Egbrich k. of the W. Saxons & before B. of this place was buried in the Cathredrall churche ther about ao. 830. Ther was also buried famous king Alphred about ao. 873.
In a place nere this Cyttie called Hyde meade Earle Guy of Warwyke slew huge Corbrande the Gyant about ao 930.
When the Conquerour had obteyned peace in this Lande, and had surveyde the whole realme to be absolutely acquaynted wt the state therof, and to taxe it accordinglie: he caused the same to be carefully kept in this Cyttie, being the head Cyttie somti
me of the Weste Saxons and therof that survey was called the roll of Wintchester. now kepte wtin yor. Ma[ ] Exchequre &t of the necessetie therof to be pertetually preserved is called Domesday booke.
This Cyttie wt [ ]y recyeved Mawde the Empresse contending wt k. Stephen.
Hen. 3. helde a parliament in this Citty wherin he repealed the statutes made before at a parliament at Oxforde in the 49. yeare of his raigne.
This Cyttie was brente in the time of H. 1. ao. 1101.
It was burned againe by Henrie B. of the same place brother to k. Steph: agaynste Mawde thempress ao 1141.
King Jo: set fire on this Cittye where he rested wt his armye advaunsing his standarde of the dragon when e hearde of thaproche of Lewes of Fraunce at which newes he cowched his dragon, and lefte the Cyttie on fire and fledd: but the Cytizens some q
uenched the furious flames and went to meete Lewes, and wt great solempnety receyved him into their Cyttie.