The wider City of Winchester district which includes towns such as Alresford and Bishop's Waltham has a population of 116,800.Winchester developed from the Roman town of Venta Belgarum, which in turn developed from an Iron Age oppidum.It seems to have been known as Wentā or Venta, from the Brittonic for "town" or "meeting place".) of the Belgae and was distinguished as Venta Belgarum, "Venta of the Belgae".
It is situated 61 miles (98 km) south-west of London and 13.6 miles (21.9 km) from Southampton, its closest city.
At the time of the 2011 Census, Winchester had a population of 45,184.
The area around Winchester has been inhabited since prehistoric times, with three Iron Age hillforts, Oram's Arbour, St.
Catherine's Hill, and Worthy Down all in the nearby vicinity.
He created the drainage system, the 'Lockburn', which served as the town drain until 1875, and still survives.