Built by William the Conqueror, few after after Norman invasion of England in 1066. In 1277 Windsor was granted a charter that allowed the local merchants to form a guild. Windsor soon became a famous town and in 1332 it was one of the fifty wealthiest towns in the country. Eton college was founded in 15th Century. In the early 1700s Windsor was fashionable and the Ascot races were founded. By 1528 there were 20 alehouses in Windsor. Old Windsor is a place a mile away from Windsor and this place was inhibited by Saxons between 500 to 1000AD.
Windsor Castle: Reminiscent of William’s victory
This castle was originally made of timber and earth.
It was part of the ring of castles built to protect Norman territory around London and to watch over this strategic part of river Thames. It is the oldest castle in terms of occupancy.Henry II reinforced it by building stone walls and a King’s Gate. This strong foundation held the castle in a 3 months long siege in 1214 when King John used it as a base against the revolting barons supported by the French king Louis. Magna Carter was signed next year, considerably reducing the king’s powers. Around 1344 Edward III decided to rebuild the castle and made major investments, making it the most expensive project of the middle age Europe. Throughout the Tudor period, Windsor was also used as a safe retreat in the event of plagues occurring in London. George IV started massive remodelled in 1824 that gives the castle most of the current view. The castle survived fire of 1992 post which it has been opened to public visits to fund part of the repair costs.
The Queen Rules: Bronze statue of Queen Victoria
Built over red granite base, this status was erected in 1887 on queen’s Golden Jubilee. This was built by famous sculptor Sir Edgar Boehm
Henry VIII gate
Henry rebuilt the principal castle gateway in about 1510. The young Henry VIII loved the Windsor Castle as he spent time in shooting, music and entertainment. He even built a tennis court here. This place again served as a safe heaven when Henry used it during the uprisings at time of Pilgrimage of Grace in 1536.
Windsor Marina is a favourite location for the discerning boat owner
Windsor Baths Island: The old bathing place
This place was used for bathing as early as 1860s. Close to this place is Brunel’s famous Bowstring Bridge, the oldest wrought iron bridge still in service.
Trains and Viaducts
This is one of the longest railway brick viaducts in the UK.
Windsor Station opened in 1849 and trains started running from Slough.