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Anglo-Saxon Winchester [900 A.D]

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Anglo-Saxon Winchester [900 A.D] Minecraft MapThis Map was created in Minecraft version 1.16.3
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server ip: 135.148.60.8:25570

It is made to be viewed with Optifine version 1.16.3 and a custom resource pack, Anglocraft Resource Pack v1.16

This map was made for a project that has been in the works for about a year called Anglocraft, a role-play server aimed at recreating England in 890 A.D. Although progress toward the server has been put on hold, the builds should be showcased. Winchester, the de-facto capital of Wessex, was built to be an impressive city, thankfully with generous help from the Anglocraft build team. All exteriors are done and most interiors as well.

This is a project I worked on with about three other people. Winchester has been built as close to historically accurate as possible. Where archaeology is unknown, we've taken creative license. The Minster has been closely reproduced, although I mistakenly built the New Minster of 901 AD instead of the the Old Minster. The Nunnery (Nunnaminster, founded in 899) is heavily inspired by Glastonbury's reconstruction models, and the layout of the town was inspired by Winchester City Museum’s miniature model. All of the special textures and models were created by me and a friend. Due to workload, the overall size of the city has been scaled down to about a quarter the size of what the original would have been if 1 block = 1 meter. The general vibe of Winchester still comes through, magnificently I believe, and all its historically documented buildings have been included and reproduced to the best of our ability in scale and appearance. It stands as a great example of a late antique city and Winchester represents England's first experiment with urbanity. Winchester was truly England's first city.


Winchester History (up to 900 A.D)
After the Roman conquest of Britain, the settlement served as the capital of the Belgae and was called Venta Belgarum. At the beginning of the third century, Winchester was given protective brick and stone walls.

Like many other Roman towns, Winchester’s population and funding began to decline in the late fourth century.

After the roman withdrawl of Britain in 411, the settlement within the walls had greatly reduced in size, much of the land turning over to inner-wall farms. The city may have functioned as a centre for a tiny Christian community or as a royal palace for a local Romano-British strongman.

Winchester appears in post-roman Welsh literature as the city of Cair Guinntguic.

With the invasion of the Saxons, the city came to be called Wintanceaster (fort Venta in Old English). In 648, King Cenwalh of Wessex erected the, probably wooden Church of St Peter and St Paul. This was upgraded to a stone cathedral in the 660s, likely built out of the bricks of old roman villas and pieces of the roman wall. A monastery likely sprung up around the cathedral.

Habitation within the crumbling walls before the 870s was mostly clerical, although at some point in this early period Winchester would become a countryside estate in the shadow of roman ruins, visited by the king for a period very year.

In the 870s, King Alfred the Great obliterated the Roman street plan in favor of a new grid-plan. He encouraged more extensive public settlement within the walls in order to provide the local populace with better defense against the Vikings. Over the next couple decades, the saxons of Winchester would carry out the process of rebuilding the crumbling Roman walls, using wooden replacements where the wall was obliterated.

In 890 Winchester would finally be coming to resemble a proper urban center, one of England’s first since the roman period. Winchester’s new settlers were transitioning from agricultural life to urban life, so many of the houses were bought or rented for seasonal habitation, to sell craft goods or farming surplus within the city in agricultural off-seasons. Most of the houses would have had back-yard lots for storing livestock, cultivating gardens, or to house workshops, as Winchester’s seasonal inhabitants needed to be largely self sufficient for food even when away from their countryside farms.

Winchester, by this time, would have been a reputable trading center, visited often by Frankish, Scandianvian, Spanish, Welsh & Irish traders who would sail up the river Itchen and moor on the strand to peruse the markets.

In 899 a Nunnery was founded within the walls near the river by Æthelswith, Alfred the Great's wife. In 901 a new Cathedral would be founded, the New Minster, next to the Old Minster.

Anglo-Saxon Winchester [900 A.D] Minecraft Map
To scale Winchester City Museum Model

Anglo-Saxon Winchester [900 A.D] Minecraft Map
The Old and New Minster after renovations in the 970s









Additional Screenshots

Additional Screenshots:


City Map


Ruined Roman Temple on a Hill


Monastic Apothecary Garden




Monastic Apothecary Garden


Roman Bathhouse


Roman Bathhouse

Interior


Shared Pig Pen in Winnal


Winnal Firewood Storage


Winnal Communal Cowshed


Winnal


Interior


Interior





Interior

Winnal Meadhall


Interior


Interior


Interior


Interior


Fireplace


Fish Store


King Alfred's Roman Royal Villa


Alfred's Villa


Alfred's Villa


Alfred's Study


Alfred's Private Bath


Alfred's Villa


Tax Storage Shed


Tax Storage


Tax Storage


Royal Cowshed


Alfred's Villa


Alfred's Villa


Monastic Apothecary


Alfred's Villa


Royal Stable


Alfred's Villa


Market


Royal Kitchen


Royal Kitchen


Court Priest Quarters


Hearthguard Barracks


Royal Servant Quarters

Royal Meadhall


Winchester Cathedral


Winchester Cathedral


Crypt under Winchester Cathedral - Tomb of the West Saxon Kings


Roman Bathhouse Villa


Ruined Roman Villa


Roman Villa


Market


Roman Villa


Market


Market


Market


Market


Market


Market


Blacksmith


Traveling merchant's cart with wares on display


Market


Market


Gate


Gate with cart


Very zoomed out view


Backyard Plots


Backyard Plots


Royal Complex with Meadhall


Farms


Simple Well


Monastic Vineyard


Backyard Plots


Backyard Plots


Woodcutter in old Roman villa


Backyard Plots


Backyard Plots


Backyard Plots

Front Gate


Ruinous detail on the wall


Good View


Monastery


Ruinous detail on the wall


Suburb


River Itchen



Interior of the Monastery Church







CreditShudderShockBailiff, Hitsnruns, HeckinRose, Cranky_Varangian, Sumrat
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03/09/2022 9:12 am
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Minocula
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Wow what a great Project made by so cool people! Thx so much for sharing it. Can't wait to see it in VR and on Dynmap. Great Job!
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11/01/2021 12:17 am
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theroyalmonarchy
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This is so goooood!!! Please make it downloadable <3333333
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02/11/2022 1:15 pm
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Dwarfsosi
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done
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09/07/2021 10:29 pm
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Demohh
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Can un make some viking city ?
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09/07/2021 7:07 am
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FABIAN RED
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When will we be able to download this very beautiful map? It is an amazing work!
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02/11/2022 1:15 pm
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Dwarfsosi
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downloadable now
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09/14/2021 4:48 pm
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Dwarfsosi
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I will put it up for download if I abandon all plans of it becoming a server. In the meantime, you can still explore it on the server listed above.
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09/05/2021 2:15 am
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Theotmt
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This looks soo cool!

very nice, very nice.
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09/04/2021 9:12 am
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what an awesome build!
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09/04/2021 12:20 am
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the closest thing they had to a thumbs down was this diamond thing.... i guess ill click that instead.... ;P













great job!
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