Charles Ball published An Historical Account of Winchester, with Descriptive Walks in 1818. In the twenty-first century, if we allow Ball to guide us, we move through time as well as space. His Winchester speaks richly of history, religion, and monument, and it is the firm belief in the city that John Keats had his own copy of Winchester, With Descriptive Walks. His favourite walk was south along the River Itchen. In September 1819, the walk and the river inspired Keats to compose Ode to Autumn. Ball's Historical Account is the finest guide to past and present Winchester.