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Experiences of Living in Winchester
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Designhelp · 29/07/2022 18:57

Any black mumsnetters in Winchester? Anyone have any experience of living in Winchester as a black person.

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Evianna83 · 29/07/2022 19:15

I lived there once temporarily for a job - I'm not Black but I had one Black friend from Winchester (he moved there from London as a student). He was literally the only Black person around and he used to joke about how he was famous in Winchester because of it.

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Designhelp · 29/07/2022 19:30

Thanks @Evianna83 are we talking a long time ago?

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Evianna83 · 29/07/2022 20:38

It was 10 years ago.

It's a very white area, and very white wealthy middle class, switching between Tory and a lib dem MP so in that sense like a lot of commuter towns outside of London.

Depending on your context eg where you're moving from and your current place of residence the demographic may or may not be a shock to the system I guess!

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Designhelp · 29/07/2022 22:13

Hi
Previously lived in the Midlands suburbs, Brighton and London suburbs due to the rotational nature of my job.
Yes I notice that it is very white but I work for the hospitals which of course have a more diverse population of staff so you often forget.

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Whoops1 · 29/07/2022 22:23

I found it to be either white and snobby antique dealers or white and boring crusties. We met one chap in the pub who proudly pulled his shirt off to show his tattoos and half of him had been tattooed solid black as he had gone off the tattoos underneath. And he was all while and wobbly. Ewww!

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hattie43 · 17/08/2022 14:18

It's a very white middle class area . I've been many times and never seen a blank person

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hattie43 · 17/08/2022 14:18

Black

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Fordian · 17/08/2022 14:24

Yes, the only black people in Winchester are hospital staff and most of them reside in Basingstoke.

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Designhelp · 17/08/2022 14:54

Interesting, I have devided to go ahead with the property purchase (Littleton, Winchester) though as areas remain like this if no black people choose to move to these places. Have spent a lot weekends this summer exploring the countryside walks along the river Itchen and really love the area. I plan to join some local groups to make friends that way.

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KohLanta · 17/08/2022 15:04

Ah @Designhelp good for you and I hope it works out. I was reading this with interest as I have relatives that live there.

Re the River Itchen walks, I can wholeheartedly recommend the most picturesque pub right on the river - the Bush Inn in Ovington. It is stunning and is beautifully situated on the river with a little bridge out the back. Some lovely walks fro there too, fresh trout and fresh watercress.

Hope you enjoy it and it works out.

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Fordian · 17/08/2022 22:11

It would be my belief that you will experience little to no racism in Winch. I live 7 miles to the SW. My estate (v middle class) is largely white but also has many non-white families. Why? The local secondary, Thornden, is the best performing (academically) in Hants; vies with Kings in Winch. So, what 'unites' us all, of all races and nationalities, is a 'middle class' approach to our DCs education. That trumps skin colour by a lot, here.

A lot of my (non-white) neighbours tend to be doctors and health care professionals, Southampton General and Winchester.

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