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Magnificent Warwick Castle

Stephen dropped us to Warwick Castle – a 10 min. drive away and we had a wonderful time exploring over it for the next 4 hours. Entry was 26 pounds 95 including a 3 pound guide book ($64). Lunch cost us 9 pounds ($21).

It is set in 60 acres of beautiful grounds and is up high overlooking the town on one side and river and beautiful country on the other. It was started in 1068 by William the Conqueror. It was owned until 1978 by the Earls of Warwick and then bought the Tussaud Group. We walked over the drawbridge and explored first in the towers of the Gatehouse and Barbican. They had 2 port cullis to lower to keep people out and if they trapped people between the two, had holes in the walls called murder holes to pour boiling water or shoot from to kill them.

We then climbed up and walked along the Ramparts and Towers along the whole front wall. It was so windy and cold. All day we were freezing and our feet were numb. It was about 2 degrees C.

We then went out to the Front Arena Area and watched a man use and tell us about the longbow and crossbow. The longbow changed warfare in medieval England as it could shoot off 15 arrows a minute, but as it was difficult to use it was compulsory for all boys from the age of 7 to practise every Sunday after church in the Butts (in all towns you will find a Butt Street). With the crossbow the church tried to outlaw them as they were so lethal. Even armour could not protect you. The arrow could not pierce the armour and the person would not have a mark on his body but would die due to rupture of their organs from the shock pressure.

We then went through the Armoury and Torture Chamber. In the Kingmaker section and Royal Weekend Party they had wax people showing two different eras in the history of the castle. They were both really interesting.

We went down to the Mill and Engine House on the River. The Mill was created 600 years ago to grind grain. In the 1900s it was used to create electricity. We then walked down to the boathouse on the River Avon. We had a great time and really enjoyed it all.

Afterwards we wandered around the town and found a tearoom because Nathan was dying of cold and needed a hot chocolate. It's a pretty town – some beautiful old buildings – Lord Leicester Hospital- timber-framed buildings built in the 1500s. Okens House, near the Castle Gates and Mill Street – a gorgeous cobblestoned street of pre-fire houses that survived the great fire of 1694 destroying most of the medieval town.

Stephen and Michele picked us up and we went food shopping for dinner. Had a piece of pork and egg pie. Stephen cooked us duck with orange sauce and veggies. We put the dinner on and walked around to his local "The West End" and sat by the fire and had a drink. After our delicious dinner we watched a DVD – “Nanny McPhee” which was fun.

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle


Garderobe - The Loo

Garderobe - The Loo


Medieval Loo

Medieval Loo


Loo sign

Loo sign


Porticullis

Porticullis


Arrow slits

Arrow slits


The town through an arrow hole

The town through an arrow hole


Towers

Towers


Looking from the walls

Looking from the walls


From the walls

From the walls


Soooooo cold !

Soooooo cold !


Church Spire

Church Spire


View over surrounding countryside

View over surrounding countryside


The back of the castle

The back of the castle


Riveer & Engine Room below

Riveer & Engine Room below


Armour

Armour


Castle courtyard

Castle courtyard


The gates

The gates


River by castle

River by castle


Engine Room of castle

Engine Room of castle


back of castle

back of castle


Castle Boathouse

Castle Boathouse


Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle


Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle


Warwick town

Warwick town


Warwick town

Warwick town


Warwick town streets

Warwick town streets


Warwick Town Streets

Warwick Town Streets


Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle


With Stephen & Michele at his local " The West End

With Stephen & Michele at his local " The West End


Map wall in Stephen's

Map wall in Stephen's

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in United Kingdom

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