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TAYLOR & SON'S Guide to Windsor Castle,
Arranged in the most concise form,
To the most Attractibe and Pictaresque Scenery,
AND OTHER OBJECTS OF INTEREST TO VISITORS IN THE
VICINITIES OF WINDSOR AND ETON.
TAYLOR & Son, PRINTERS, HIGH STREET.
Forwarded free on Receipt of Postage Stampe.
Cumberland Lodge 4 Old Windsor
2 Windlesham 10
WINDSOR. A market and borough town and parish, having a separate jurisdiction, but locally within the hundred of Ripplesmere. It was anciently called Windleshore, from the winding of the river. Thames, on the banks or shore on which it is situated. Windsor owes its importance and origin to the Royal Castle, which has been the favourite residence of some of our most distinguished Sovereigns, and the scene of grand tournaments during the ages of chivalry, and of various other festivities and national assemblies.
The Norman Conqueror kept the festival of Whitsuntide at Windsor in 1071, and in the following year a synod was held in which the province of York was made subject to Canterbury :—The see of York to be styled Primus Angliæ, and the see of Canterbury Primas totius Angliæ, as it is at this day.
Visitors can come direct into the town by the branch lines of either the Great Western or by the South Western Railways.
The Town-hall contains a very fine whole length portrait of George IV, painted by Sir Thomas Lawrence, and presented by that sovereign to the Mayor and Corporation. There are also portraits of Her Majesty and the Prince Consort, George III and Queen Charlotte, James Charles I and II, Queen Anne and Prince George of Denmark, Prince Rupert, Archbishop Laud, and other celebrated characters. In niches, at the north and south ends of the exterior of the building, are statues of Queen Anne and her royal consort.
The hall was built by Sir Christopher Wren, and one fact connected therewith is worthy of notice, as showing how far that great architect was before the age in which he lived. When the hall was completed the corporation refused to enter, declaring it to be unsafe while unsupported in the centre. The architect was thereat obliged to construct four pillars, and while he thus condescended to humour his patrons, he took care to carry out his own views.--It was not discovered till lately that the pillars in question never supported the building, being at least one and a half inches from it.—The hall may be viewed on application to Mr. Dobson, the hall-keeper, in Peascod-street.
The parish church of St. John, in the High-street, contains a painting of the Lord's Supper, over the altar, presented by George III. The rail, enclosing the altar, is a beautiful specimen of carving, by the celebrated Gibbons.The church can be viewed on application to Mr. Stevenson, the parish clerk.
At the back of the church, in St. Alban’s-street, is the house in which Bishop Juxon resided; and in the adjoining stable the body of King Charles I was laid previous to interment.
The new district church of the Holy Trinity is in Clarence-crescent. The first stone was laid by the Prinee Consort in 1842.
All Saints' Church is in Francis Road. The first stone was laid by H.R.H. the Princess of Prussia, on November 21st, 1863.