"He (Philip) landed at Southampton on 19 July and Mary arrived in Winchester the following day. On the 25th they were married in Gardiner's cathedral by the bishop himself. "
Interior of Wichester Cathedral. 2006
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeInterior of Wichester Cathedral. 2006 - Credit: Pam Brophy

Winchester in Hampshire, the ancient capital of Wessex and the Kingdom of England, was the setting chosen by Mary for her marriage to Philip.  Its cathedral is one of the largest in Europe with the longest nave, making it a fit and magnificent setting for a royal marriage.




Stephen Gardiner's Chantry Tomb in Winchester Cathedral
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStephen Gardiner's Chantry Tomb in Winchester Cathedral - Credit: Ealdgyth

Stephen Gardiner, Roman Catholic Bishop of Winchester, suffered the ups and downs of changing regimes and religions that not a few others did during the Tudor period.  Imprisoned during the reign of the Protestant Edward VI, he was released when Mary ascended the throne and flourished during her reign, becoming Lord Chancellor, until his death in 1555.  He is buried in Winchester Cathedral.