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Warwick Castle - Explored 26/11/2011 | by helenoftheways
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Warwick Castle - Explored 26/11/2011

Brief history:

914CE, Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, orders the building of a 'burh' or an earthen rampart to protect the small hill top settlement of Warwick.


1068CE, William the Conqueror establishes a 'motte and bailey' fort, consisting of a large earth mound with a timber stockade around both the top and base.


1260CE, Stone replaces wood in the Castle construction.


1350cCE, Caesar's Tower and Dungeon constructed during first half of 14th Century.


1450CE, gatehouse & barbican are completed.


1540CE, Improvements include a new roof for the kitchens, reinforcement of the south front, the building of Spy Tower and an extension to the State Rooms for a royal visit.


1572CE, Queen Elizabeth I visits the Castle.


1750CE, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown is commisioned to landscape the gardens.


1890CE, The island is used to keep Japanese deer, a flock of Chinese geese, an emu, assorted racoons, an ant bear and a baby elephant. The Mill is converted to an electricity generating plant, providing electric lighting for the castle and power for an electric launch and car.


1978CE, In November 1978, Warwick Castle is sold to The Tussaud's Group.


2000CE, To mark the millennium, The Armoury is refurbished and the 'Death or Glory' attraction opens in February 2000, telling the stories of battles over the centuries, as well as hosting events including Jousting Knights and Christmas Festivals.


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Taken on September 21, 2008