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Winchester is a city and county town of Hampshire in southern England. The city lies at the western end of the South Downs National Park, along the course of the River Itchen. It is roughly 70 miles to the south west of London and 14 miles from Southampton. The city can trace its origins back to Roman times and a town called Venta Belgarum.
The city's major landmark is Winchester Cathedral which was built in 1079 and is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral has the longest nave and overall length of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. In addition to its cathedral, Winchester is also home to the University of Winchester and to Winchester College, the oldest public school in the United Kingdom which was founded in 1382.
Other important historic buildings include the Guildhall dating from 1871 in the Gothic revival style, the Royal Hampshire County Hospital designed by William Butterfield and Winchester City Mill, one of the city's several water mills driven by the River Itchen that run through the city centre. The mill has recently been restored, and is again milling corn by water power. It is owned by the National Trust.
Located in the county of Wiltshire in the south of England, the city of Salisbury is the only city in Wiltshire and has at its centre a 13th century cathedral. Old Serum is the site of the original city and is located on a hilltop just to the north of the present day city. The site shows evidence of habitation from around 3,000 BC to 1219 when the bishop relocated the cathedral to its present location. Most of the site is free to enter although there is a charge for the Inner Bailey.
Music plays an important part in the city's history especially during the 18th century when James Harris, a friend of George Frideric Handel, directed concerts at the Assembly Rooms for almost fifty years until his death in 1780. Art also has an important role in Salisbury's history. John Constable made a number of landscape paintings featuring the cathedral's spire and surrounding countryside. The city retains a strong artistic community. The city holds an annual arts festival, the International Arts Festival, which began in 1973 and is held in late May to early June. The festival contains a programme of live music, dance, sculpture and art exhibitions.