King Alfreds statue at Winchester
Alfred. King of the West Saxons (AD 871-899), drove the Danish invaders from Wessex. He established fortified burghs, of which Winchester was his capital. During his reign, Winchester's street plan was laid out.
Alfred was the most esteemed of English kings. He encouraged, by his own example, the revival of learning and monastic life, and laid the foundations of a single kingdom of England. He was buried in the New Minster at Winchester. This statue, by Hamo Thornycroft, was erected in 1901.