Ellie and Lee decided to have a pre-wedding family shoot with their two daughters India and Isla rather than an Engagement shoot just on their own. They chose the stunning St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester for their family shoot on a lovely Spring evening. Wedding photos from Sopley Mill in Christchurch coming soon!
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE FAMILY SHOOT LOCATION ST.CATHERINE’S HILL:
The top of the hill is ringed by the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, which is a scheduled ancient monument. In the centre a copse of beech trees contains the site of the 12th Century chapel of St. Catherine. There is also a mizmaze, probably cut between 1647 and 1710.
The hill was cut off from the Itchen water meadows for over a hundred years by the construction of the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway in the 1890s and the Winchester By-pass (A33) in the 1930s. The railway closed in the 1960s and the road was removed following construction of the M3 motorway to the east through Twyford Down in the 1990s. Whilst this reunited the hill with its historic setting to the west, it is now largely cut off from the hills to the east. The routing of the original by-pass to the east of Winchester had been controversial and its replacement by the M3 led to a large scale protest.
The hill was the where the game of Winchester College Football was played after being moved from Kingsgate Street and before moving to its modern form on canvases around the school. In 1922, money raised by The Old Wykehamist Lodge of Freemasons hosting the Public Schools Lodge’s Council Festival was used to buy the hill and donate it to the College.