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Warwick Castle..

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We recently had a short break to the Cotswolds,with our Goy friends,Carole and Harry,and this is one of the places included in our Itinerary..and what a wonderful place it is..

I will start by giving you a few Historical facts.
It dates back to 914,and Anglo Saxon times,when Ethelfreda,the daughter of Alfred the Great ,established a Motte-Bailey (Mound-enclosed courtyard)but the present one is part of the later Norman fortifications,but still known as Ethelfreda’s Mount..

Poor Carole..and she had only had a cup of tea ! :o)

On to the Main Castle now..
Built in 1068 by William the Conqueror.
during the 100 years war,the facade opposite the town , was fortified,and became one of the most recognisable
examples of 14th century of military Architecture.It was used as a stronghold until the early
17th century,when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville,
by James the !st,
In 1804 it was converted into a country house by the Greville family,who became the Earls of Warwick in 1759 until 1978,when it was bought by the Tussaud organisation..so you will see many of their models, as we take a look around..but very tastefully done,we thought..
So,off we go..through the gates..and into the great Hall..you could be some time! I have taken photo’s of the information boards along the way,so I didn’t forget them..and it’s less for you to trawl through..:o) Sorry some of the photo’s look quite dark,as some rooms were dimly lit..

I didn’t take a photo of Charles II,as I mainly wanted to remember the name of the room..


Hello..are you still with us? :o) not much more now ..
Have a breather and take in the view before we move on !Lol.

The boys look slightly underdressed next to King Henry !

He needed a cuddle :o)

moving on…


We are now entering the rooms with models by Madame Tussaud’s,and they looked very authentic ,and added interest..the Drawing room Library.Ladies and Gents rooms with their ladies maids and valets..everyday life in fact..


A beautiful Ceiling..


..and a life of luxury…for some!


Preparing my Lady’s bath…


minding the baby..

..and how long would it take him to fill his Masters bath? This was almost taken from behind him..but thought we had better not ! Lol…very tempted though :o))

..especially with a young Winston Churchill watching us!

Another view,before we went back outside…to look around the grounds..and time had passed all too quickly,as there was so much more to look at..and had already spent three hours there..just time to look at the Gaol ,which was very sad to think of the poor people who had perished in there..such cruelty..


It was time to go back to our coach,but we just had a quick look in one of the gardens on the way,and saw the last part of the Birds of Prey display..would we go again ? Definitely..! still the Dungeons and much more to see..
An Entertainment division of Tussauds (Merlin ) was successfully voted out in their bid to have a Theme park
here,thank goodness..but they have taken over some parts,to attract more visitors..eg,the Dungeons with guided tours,and the inevitable tatty gift shops,and other money spinners..but on the whole,it didn’t detract from the lovely day we had ..
The best view of The Castle in all it’s splendour,is only able to be seen from the main route into Warwick town ..and as we had to park round the back,I couldn’t take a photo of it..but I hope you have enjoyed this very long blog..I had meant to do it in two parts,but I thought it would have broken the continuity,..sorry folks..but I do get carried away sometimes..:o)
Not bad for a free day out though ! Lol.

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Thank you for that. Its over 30 years since I visited, the sets may have changed but not the settings. It is a truly wonderful place.

5 Dec, 2013

 

Loved the waxworks...brilliant!

5 Dec, 2013

 

Superb tour Bloomer thank you for sharing your day with us and all the imformative boards were helpful in setting the scene, The models were very realistic you naughty girls thinking of embarassing the butler thank goodness Winston had a calming effect on you - or was it he who sent you to the stocks!! great place to visit :o)

5 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Denise,I'm pleased you enjoyed it,It is somewhere I have always wanted to visit,and we weren't disappointed..just awesome..
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Thanks Karen..they really were very well done,even the two in the stocks looked lifelike! Lol .
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Thank you Neena..it took some doing yesterday,but passed a very bad weather day on nicely..I swear I saw Winston blushing ! I think our OH's would have liked to leave us in the stocks..:o) we always try to lighten things up a bit :o)

6 Dec, 2013

 

must be a good 25yrs since I have been there. what a lovely day out you have had. thanks for sharing.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Looks a great place to take Thomas when he's older x

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Sbg,we thoroughly enjoyed it ,and hope it brought back nice memories for you :o)
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I'm sure it will be,Pam..lots for all ages to enjoy there..x

6 Dec, 2013

 

Yes I am a bad girl,Snoop,but endearing at the same time! Lol..it took me long enough to take these..and we didn't fancy getting left behind to go back to our Hotel..a fair walk,and only one bus an hour :o)

6 Dec, 2013

 

One of our fabourites and been many times, pleased you enjoyed it Sandra even though you ended up in the stocks, lol.....

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks Sue..we seem to both enjoy visiting these lovely old places,don't we? ..Im glad it was only for a photo shoot..! Lol

6 Dec, 2013

 

A fantastic set of pictures Sandra and very informative commetary, They will be offering you the job of Tour Guide at the Castle if they see this! Im afraid my picture of the Butler wasnt as discreet as yours, its a side on view lol
Wasn't it just a fantastic day out and by looking at Henry's grin I think he enjoyed his cuddle, when we going again;0)

6 Dec, 2013

 

You took some wonderful photographs Sandra. I love the oak carvings, the shiny armour and the scenes with the 'models' which help to bring the whole thing to life. It is so vast and there is obviously so much to see. Well worth a visit I am sure.
You made it very interesting and very tempting!!

6 Dec, 2013

 

A very interesting blog. I enjoyed reading the information and looking at the photos.
I can think of a few people I'd like to put in that dungeon ! lol ...
Nice that you could share your trip with some friends made on here :o)

6 Dec, 2013

 

What a nice place to visit. Plenty of history attached. Good to see the wax works setting the scenes for us.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Wonderful blog B. have never been there even though my brother only lives just down the road! We were once going to see Pavarotti sing there, we had tickets but he fell ill, so it was cancelled. Lovely to walk around the castle with you all, it's very interesting and those waxwork figures are amazing, especially the two in the stocks, Lol. ;)

6 Dec, 2013

 

What a wonderful place to visit, and a great set of pohotos to remember it by - thank you for sharing them with us.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Carole..I'm glad it met with your approval :o)
you are a naughty girl with your Butler photo.. you didn't tell me that! Lol.Wasn't it a brilliant day? and I'm sure we will go again..maybe it would be nice when the Rose garden is in flower? if we can wait that long ..x
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Thanks Chris,it was lovely to be allowed to take photo's anywhere we wanted..I did ask first..! If you enjoy History,like us,you would love it,but you need a lot more time than we had,to see it all..hence another visit at some point :o)x
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Thank you Hywel,it makes it much easier to take photo's of the information first..as for the dungeons,I'm with you on that one! Lol.x
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Thanks Scottish..we are lucky to have so many historical places to visit aren't we? The Waxworks were so realistic ,which added to the the atmosphere of the Castle..we felt we were transported back to that time..
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Glad you enjoyed it G..and such a shame you missed seeing Pavarotti there..it would have been a wonderful experience..I hope you manage to get there one day,you will have to put it on your list,next time you visit your brother..and I think our OH's might have some chains or locks made for those stocks,next time we go ! Lol x
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Thank you Sue.It is one of the best places we have visited this year,as places of interest go..in fact all the surrounding area was great too..We stayed approx halfway between Warwick and Stratford upon Avon..a 20 minute drive in either direction..so very handy ..

6 Dec, 2013

 

As always a very informative and entertaining blog Sandra, I always learn something from them. I'm afraid I'm terrified of waxworks, always have been... maybe too much like dead people lol. Now then I don't live too far from Warwick etc and just think .... you could have let me realise my lifes burning ambition .... to have my pic taken with you ... then I could join the GOY inner circle:-)))

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks for sharing this spectacular castle Sandra this lovely pictures are amazing it looks like real ! I was very glad to this beautiful blog, a wonderful and sweetiest friendship and happy 54th anniversary to Carole and Harry, Wishing more fruitful years to come for the wonderful couples!

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thanks Ba..I didn't realise you lived so near..it would have been lovely to meet you..even if you don't like the waxworks..it's the living you have to be afraid of my dear.!
You could have had a photo with us in the Stocks though..no jokes about dummies please !:o)..and you are already in the 'inner' circle of my friends.. a big circle on Goy..xx

6 Dec, 2013

 

hello Junna..I am very pleased you enjoyed the blog and photo's..we are lucky to have lots of lovely Castles to visit here,and to be able to share it with special friends..I will pass on your good wishes to Carole and Harry for their recent Wedding Anniversary..and thank you ..xxx

6 Dec, 2013

 

Very fascinating and educational. That must have been an enjoyable trip and I appreciate your hard work in putting together this blog. Thank You.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Paul.glad you enjoyed it..somewhere for you to visit if you ever come back to England :o)

6 Dec, 2013

 

I would love to come back and hopefully soon. I have some good friends there.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Make sure you visit Pembrokeshire, in the far south west of Wales. I read the other day that it has been voted one of the world's most beautiful coastlines. and there are castles as well, though not in the same class as Warwick!

6 Dec, 2013

 

Sounds like it's worth a visit.

6 Dec, 2013

 

Great blog sandra, glad you all enjoyed your visit.

7 Dec, 2013

 

That would be nice to re visit friends, Paul..and maybe visit places you haven't already been to..your New year Resolution maybe ,if you make one,that is .:o)

7 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Holly..it was certainly a visit worth remembering..:o)

7 Dec, 2013

 

I'd love to see them again. I may never come home!

7 Dec, 2013

 

Let us know when you're coming!

7 Dec, 2013

 

You could live in worse places,Paul..I wouldn't want to live anywhere else..despite all the doom and gloom..hope you manage to make it..start saving,you will need it..some of those Castles etc are quite expensive now,but most Museums are now free..We had a great time in the Coventry Transport Museum while we were there,and I'm not even into cars etc..but so interesting to see..

8 Dec, 2013

 

Hi Sandra: I love cars, so that would be one of the first places, I'd like to see. I love to see the evolution from horse and wagon, to the first cars, to what we have today. I love when I see my mom and dad's car on exhibit. It's what I got picked up from school with, LOL! Now it's on exhibit. What ingenuity some people have!

8 Dec, 2013

 

Definitely the place for you,Paul..three floors of it! That must have been some car your parents had..what was it,and would a non car enthusiast like me know it? Lol..
Nice cafe there too :o)
My Goy friend Carole (Pansy Potter) took photo's there..so watch out for a blog and photo's sometime in the near future..:o)

8 Dec, 2013

 

Hi Sandra .. Lovely blog

10 Dec, 2013

 

Hi Terra..thank you,pleased you enjoyed it :o) x

10 Dec, 2013

 

Yes... lots of great pics ... and I've just remembered to add a 'like' .... Lol.

10 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you for adding a 'like' I should think so too ! ha ha.xx

10 Dec, 2013

 

Beautiful and very interesting photographs. I have never been to Warwick but I do remember seeing the armour of Henry V111, at the Tower of London I think. It was HUGE.
I love history, particularly medieval.
Thanks. Clementine

11 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Clementine,I'm glad you enjoyed seeing some of our History..and yes,Henry was a very big man ! No Weightwatchers classes in those days,or Calorie counting! Lol...It really was a pleasure to visit..:o)

11 Dec, 2013

 

Love this blog Sandra ... you do tell a good story in words and pictures! The Porridge Pot must be so heavy ... and I seem to remember hearing of it before but blowed if I can think where or when.

Imagine clanking around in those suits of armour ... must have weighed so much.

I love the Amazons carving out of Pear wood ... I wonder just how many hours of work must have gone into it? Absolutely fascinating ...

15 Dec, 2013

 

Thank you Shirley,I'm glad you found it interesting..I enjoyed posting it..after lots of editing ! :o) you haven't got a Porridge pot in your garden as a planter,have you??
I know you get bargains from Freecycle ! Lol xxx

16 Dec, 2013

 

What a fabulous planter that would make Sandra!

I have my doubts one would appear on Freecycle ... talking of which I just gave away lots of double knitting wool (from Mum) to a lady who wants to teach her granddaughter to knit ... I took it round and found out she's from Lancashire originally ... wonderful accent!

18 Dec, 2013

 

That was nice to be able to help someone out,Shirley..no point just keeping it in a cupboard ,is there? I had lots too,and someone took it off my hands to knit those blankets for the elderly..she didn't do me one though ! Lol
I still have my needles,why I don't know,but will give them to the charity I support..my cable needle is still used..as a cake tester ! :o) x

18 Dec, 2013

 

Lol Sandra ... I had no idea you knitted cakes! Sorry, it's all the wet weather, made my brain soggy ... :o)))

18 Dec, 2013

 

You need to get out more,Shirley ! Lol..although maybe not in this weather,Don't tell me you have never heard of a knit one,purl one,knit two together cake,with a moss stitch decorated top ? we are very artistic oop north,but you already know that :o)

18 Dec, 2013

 

:o)))

21 Dec, 2013

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