One Day at Windsor Castle | Windsor, United Kingdom

The castle has been developed into three “Wards,” as shown here in this Wikipedia aerial photograph of the castle.

LEFT TO RIGHT THE LOWER WARD, MIDDLE WARD AND ROUND TOWER, AND UPPER WARD

LEFT TO RIGHT . . . THE LOWER WARD, THE MIDDLE WARD AND ROUND TOWER, AND THE UPPER WARD

The Lower Ward lies below and to the west of the Middle Ward and the Round Tower, entered through the Norman Gate between the two Wards; Henry the VIII Gateway is at the lower south side of this Ward.

HENRY THE VIII GATEWAY

HENRY THE VIII GATEWAY

Originally of medieval design, most of the Lower Ward was renovated or reconstructed during the mid-Victorian period to form a consistent Gothic form. At the west end of the Lower Ward is the Horseshoe Cloister, originally built in 1480, near to the chapel to house its clergy. It houses the vicars-choral, or lay clerks of the chapel. This curved brick and timber building (visible on the far left side of the aerial photograph above) is said to have been designed to resemble the shape of one of the badges of Edward IV.

On the north side of the Lower Ward is St. George’s Chapel and most of the buildings associated with the Order of the Garter. This huge building is the spiritual home of the Order of the Knights of the Garter and dates from the late 15th and early 16th century.

ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL

ST. GEORGE’S CHAPEL

19 responses to “One Day at Windsor Castle | Windsor, United Kingdom

  1. I enjoyed taking your tour of Windsor Castle, it was very interesting. Looks like an amazing place in a beautiful setting. I almost feel like I have been there thanks to your description and photos. Thanks.

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  2. Nice pictures of the town! I’ll link to your article, if you don’t mind, since I only took a few photos of “up the hill.” Did you actually get to see the castle and the inside of the castle?

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  3. Pingback: Visiting the Windsor Castle? Make sure the State Rooms are open! | Casual Traveler·

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