full name is 'New Windsor'. There had been a Roman temple on St.
Leonard's Hill (where Legoland is). However, in Saxon
times, there was nothing at
Windsor. Nearby Old Windsor was just called 'Windsor' in those days.
'Winch on the Shore'. This would have been on the bank of the River
Thames. It was like a crane for unloading boats.
Kings had a big palace at Old Windsor. King Edward the Confessor often
times, King William the Conqueror took over England. He built a castle
at Windsor to control the local people. They didn't like him very
Castle was a favourite home of the Kings of England. They liked to
hunt in the Forest and the Great Park.
town soon built up at the entrance to the castle. In Medieval times,
the castle was put under siege several times and the town was filled
Gaol was in the town, but all the prisoners escaped. The soldiers from
the castle had a battle with them in the parish churchyard.
During the Tudor Reformation of the Church,
Windsor became poplar with Protestants. King Henry VIII was still
a Catholic at heart. He had them burnt
alive! But then changed his mind.
playwright, William Shakespeare, stayed at the (Hart &) Garter Inn
in Windsor in 1597. He wrote 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' there for
Queen Elizabeth I.
times, Sir Christopher
Wren built the Guild Hall in Windsor. He was a very clever architect who also
built St. Paul's Cathedral in London. His father was the Dean at St.
George's Chapel in Windsor.