Windsor Castle

Thursday, May 4, 2000. The second part of the Frames Rickards tour was to
Windsor Castle.  Instead of the bus taking us all the way there it deposited
us at a dock near Runnymede where we boarded a boat for a lunch cruise up
the Thames River.

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RIVER VIEW

BOAT ON RIVER

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BRICK HOUSE

1ST LOCK

LOCK CONTROLLER

LOCK GATE

RIVER VIEW

WINDSOR CASTLE

WINDSOR CASTLE

FARM ON RIVER

QUEEN'S BOAT HOUSE

WINDSOR CASTLE

ROYAL GROUNDS

2ND LOCK

HOUSE ON THE BRIDGE

ETON

SWANS

When we arrived at Windsor, Vivian (our guide) walked us up the hill to the Castle.
The entry to the castle has changed since our last visit; now there's an airport-like
security system with metal detectors and x-rays on bags. 

WINDSOR CASTLE

WEST STAIRS

CURFEW TOWER

ST GEORGE'S GATE

ST GEORGE'S GATE

The existing vast structure has evolved over many centuries from its origin as
a Norman fortress. The earliest part of the structure is the artificial earthen
mound in the middle, which was raised c. 1080 by William the Conqueror.
It is on this earth mound that King Henry II rebuilt, in stone, the Round Tower c. 1170s.
This area is know as the Middle Ward and is where the inner defense and dry moat is located.

Windsor Castle Map

ROUND TOWER

DRY MOAT

DRY MOAT

DRY MOAT

DRY MOAT

The north end of the 13 acres the Castle covers is known as the Upper Ward.
King Edward III reconstructed the Upper Ward (1358-1368) as a large royal
palace in the medieval Gothic style. This is when Norman Gate was built. 

NORMAN GATE

VIVIAN LEON

CHARLES II STATUE

ROYAL APARTMENTS

STATE ENTRANCE

Entrance to the State Apartments is gained from the North Terrace, which
enjoys extensive views of the Thames River and Eton.  The North Terrace
was originally constructed by Henry VIII and widened by Charles II.  We went
through the State Apartments but no photos are allowed.  Just the artwork is enough
to boggle the mind - Van Dykes, Gainsboroughs, Holbeins... unbelievable.
The furnishings are incredibly ornate and the scale is massive.
Then consider that the whole thing was burned out 8 years ago... wow!

NORTH TERRACE

GUARDS

HENRY III TOWER

St George's Chapel was built in the 1475-1483 time frame by Edward IV.
We went around the inner wall of the Chapel where we saw (among other
things) where Henry VIII and Jane Seymour are buried.  The chapel is
incredibly ornate and is where British monarchs are buried since there's
no room at Westminster Abbey.

ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

ST GEORGE'S CHAPEL

There were a lot of hands involved in the building of the present day Lower Ward. 
King Henry VIII built the Lower Ward gate in 1511.  Queen Mary I had the
Military Knights' Houses built in 1550.  

LOWER WARD

KNIGHTS' LODGINGS

ORDER OF THE GARTER

HENRY VIII GATE

HENRY VIII GATE

Having left the castle we walked around Windsor a little before returning to London.

WINDSOR

SIDE STREET

GUILDHALL

QUEEN VICTORIA

THAMES STREET

STAIRWAY

ROYAL STATION

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St George's Chaple