God Begot House & The Westgate Museum

A couple of new paper dioramas to show you today, featuring well known Winchester landmarks. The cut out illustration below is of the Westgate Museum viewed from the city side. Along with the Kingsgate it is one of two surviving fortified gateways in Winchester. It’s earliest surviving fabric is of Anglo-Saxon character and today the building is used as a Museum. The pictures below are based on the God Begot House on Winchester High Street. The architecture of the building dates from 1050 and it was kept by Priory and monks of St Swithun. It is believed that the name Goudbeyete, Godbiete, or God Begot, means ‘the goods getter’ so it originally it could have been built as a trading centre. It currently houses a restaurant.

I’ve raised them both up from the surface of the white background. Although simple shapes, they do cast a nice drop shadow onto the objects below each layer.