Views and History of Warwick Castle (Freya Edwards, Christ’s Hospital)

As majestic as Warwick Castle is, it was originally just a small fortress built by the Anglo-Saxons in AD 914 to protect the area from the invading Danes. Over hundreds of years, through sieges and fires, it has evolved into the impressive stone structure that stands today.

In 1068 it developed from the small fortress it was then under the command of William of Normandy (also known as King William I or William the Conqueror) who ordered it to be made into a stone castle. William the Conqueror also ordered the construction of many other similar castles, all with the purpose of giving the Norman nobles who lived in them better control over the peasants who lived in the surrounding area. While Warwick eventually became a stone castle, it did not until the 13th century, well after William’s death.

The castle has many beautiful features including dungeons, state rooms, a watermill, a tower and huge battlements surrounding a large courtyard which forms the center of the castle plan. A steep climb up the tower’s spiraling steps affords wonderful views of the nearby countryside and the River Avon (on whose banks the castle is built). Meanwhile, a steep descent reveals the horrific conditions the castle’s prisoners endured, with one of the dark, dingy rooms of the “gaol” (prison) still containing the handcuffs and graffiti of prisoners held by the hundreds of prisoners inside the castle years before.

A short climb up a few spiral steps of the mighty tower reveals an impressive view of both the castle itself and the surrounding area. The viewer sees the River Avon, on which the castle is built, and fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Overall the castle is well worth a visit and is currently owned by Merlin Entertainment who organize many seasonally themed events on site. Views and History of Warwick Castle (Freya Edwards, Christ’s Hospital)

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