The History of 7 Chichester Terrace

​Walter Winans

Walter Winans
Walter Winans

Walter Winans, son of William Winans ( see 1 & 2 Chichester Terrace ) was the author of several books including “The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It” (available at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41610/41610-h/41610-h.htm), he won the revolver championship in England twelve consecutive times and the duelling pistol championship In Paris in 1909. He was a competitor in the Olympic Games at London in 1908 for the United States team, winning gold for the Double Shoot Running Deer.

Walter with Mr W Bean and Captain MacDonnell
Walter with Mr W Bean and Captain MacDonnell

As a huntsman he held records in stag and wild boar shooting. At the Vienna Exposition in 1910 he won two gold medals for the most representative group of big game shot by one man, his exhibit comprising 60 of the best heads of all kinds out of 2,000 he had shot himself.

The photographs below of William Louis Winans on a deer hunting party at the Glen Tilt estate (near Blair Atholl) in Scotland in 1871, which he leased from the Duke of Atholl, were taken by the Dundee-based photographer James Valentine, who targeted the middle and upper class tourist market, producing drawing room albums of landscapes of Scotland. The albums are in the library of UCLA, California, and they kindly copied the photos in which Winans appears. Winans is the character on the left of the front group in the first photograph, the one on horseback in the second and the bearded man pouring from a bottle in the group nearest the camera just behind the collection of dead deer in the third

Walter at a deer hunt in the Scottish Highlands (1)
Walter after a deer hunt in the Scottish Highlands (1)

Walter was also a noted artist and sculptor of animals – he won a gold medal for sculpture at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics in addition to his silver medal for shooting won at the same games. A summary of his achievements can be found at http://www.rickeyre.com/blog/node/2351.

Andrew Mosely