Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Warwick Castle, England

17 May 2011

On this beautiful spring day I went on a road trip with Amanda, her children and her mom to Warwick. We were exploring Warwick Castle.

The current Warwick Castle is based on the original Warwick castle built by William the Conqueror. It is a stunning example of Medieval architecture. The Castle was built along the banks of the River Avon.Warwick Castle was originally a wooden motte and bailey castle. Construction began in 1068. Warwick was an important strategic location in safeguarding the Midlands against rebellion.

Since 1088 Warwick castle has belonged to the Earl of Warwick. Henry de Beaumont was the 1st Earl of Warwick. Warwick Castle remined in the Beaumont family until 1242. In the 12th century Warwick was rebuilt using stone. The Beaucoup family was then given the Earl of Warwick title and the castle. The facade opposite the town of Warwick was refortified during the Hundred Years War. Warwick Castle is a great example of 14th century military architecture. The castle was used as a military stronghold until the early 17th century. The Beaucoup family held the castle until 1449. Warwick Castle then passed into the hands of the Plantagent family through Richard Neville. The Plantagent family met a bloody end in 1478. From 1478 until 1547 Warwick Castle was held by the Crown. Warwick Castle was given to John Dudley who also became Earl of Warwick. King James I granted Warwick Castle to Sir Fulke Greville in 1604 and it was then converted to a country house. The Greville family became Earls of Warwick in 1759 and owned Warwick Castle until 1978. Warwick Castle has been a tourist attraction since then. The stone castle of today is much as it was during the reign of King Henry II. Today thousands of people a year visit Warwick Castle. In the past Queen Elizabeth I visited Warwick Castle twice. Queen Victoria also visted Warwick Castle.

Warwick Trebuchet

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