In the Shadow of Windsor
The name derives from Clifwara meaning Cliff-Dwellers, i.e. those who lived below the hill on which Windsor Castle was built. The castle site was actually in Clewer manor until acquired by William the Conqueror for his new residence. Clewer Church is said to be the oldest building in Windsor, dating from 1100 or before. Its font is certainly of Anglo-Saxon date. The Brocas Chapel there was founded by the Black Princeís great friend, Sir Bernard Brocas of Clewer Brocas Manor, in 1384. It is a memorial to his wife, Mary, who brought him the hereditary position of Master of the Royal Buckhounds. The hermits of nearby St Leonardís Chapel appear to have been the chantry priests.
Read more history of
Clewer and associated Windsor suburbs in David Nash Ford's book, 'East Berkshire Town and Village
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