The cathedral was founded in 642 on a site immediately to the north of the present one. This building became known as the Old Minster. It became part of a monastic settlement in 971.Saint Swinton was buried near the Old Minster and then in it, before being moved to the new Norman cathedral. So-called mortuary chests said to contain the remains of Saxon kings such as King Eadwig of England, first buried in the Old Minster, and his wife are in the present cathedral.
JANE AUSTEN was feeling unwell by early 1816, but ignored the warning signs
As her illness progressed, she experienced difficulty walking and
lacked energy; by mid-April 1817 she was confined to bed.
In May Cassandra and Henry brought her to Winchester for treatment, by which time she suffered and welcomed death.
Austen died in Winchester on 18 July 1817, at the age of 41. Henry, through his clerical connections, arranged for his sister to be buried in the north aisle of the nave of Winchester Cathedral.
The above epitaph composed by her brother James praises Austen's personal qualities, expresses hope for her salvation and mentions the "extraordinary endowments of her mind", but does not explicitly mention her achievements as a writer.