Thursday, August 14, 2008

Warwick

Warwick was never wo-rick to me, instead it was WaarWick until this visit.

Warwick is the site of one of the most interesting and well-preserved castles in all of England. Warwick being only ten miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, was our obvious choice.

The Gatehouse, Caesar's Tower and Guy's Tower and narrow stone stairwells; The dungeon and torture chamber; River Avon in the garden area; Peacocks in the garden.

The town of Warwick was founded on the banks of the River Avon in 914 AD by Ethelfleda, sister of Edward the Elder, as a defense against the Danish invaders, on a site overlooking earlier riverside settlements. It is built on a small hill which controlled not only the river valley but also the river crossing on the road to London and the roads to Stratford, Coventry and the salt way to Drotswich. The Anglo-Saxon town was surrounded partly by a wall and partly by a ditch.

This is one of the most dramatic and complete medieval castles in the country. It has been inhabited continuously since the Middle Ages, and was the home of the Earls of Warwick until recently.

It was already evening while we reached the Castle. And it had an entry fee of £17.95!! And the counter was closed. We were only allowed to view it from a distance.

On my way back encountered flocks of Indian tourist. Like the Fox in the Vineyard, I thought, ‘aaaah the grapes must be sour'. :-)

1 comment:

Madhu said...

It must have been a marathon from Oxford to Stratford to Waaar-Wick :o)

Sourer the grapes, better the taste :-P

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