- Winchester Castle
Winchester Castle, is a
castlein Englandin the city of Winchester, in the county of Hampshire, built in 1067. Only the Great Hall exists now; it houses a museumof the history of Winchester.
The Great Hall
Between 1222–1235, Henry III added the Great Hall, built to a "double cube" design, measuring 110' by 55' by 55'. The Great Hall is built of
flintwith stone dressings; originally it had lower walls and a roof with dormer windows. In their place were added the tall two-light windows with early plate tracery. Extensions to the castlewere made by Edward II. In 1873 the roof of the Great hall was renewed.
An imitation Arthurian Round Table hangs in the Great Hall. The table was originally constructed in the 13th century, and repainted in its present form for Henry VIII, around the edge of the table are the names of King Arthur's knights.
Behind the Great Hall is a re-creation of a medieval garden called Queen Eleanor's Garden.
The Castle in history
November 17 1603Sir Walter Raleighwent on trial for treasonfor his supposed part in the Main Plotin the converted Great Hall.
In the 17th century, Charles II planned to build King's House adjoining the site, commissioning
Christopher Wrento design a royal palaceto rival the Palace of Versailles. The project was abandoned by James II.
Another notorious trial took place in the Great Hall, on
15 March, 1953; the 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu Edward Montagu along with Michael Pitt-Rivers and Peter Wildeblood went on trial on charges of having committed specific acts of indecency.
The Castle today
Since 1889 Winchester Castle has been the seat of
Hampshire County Councilwhose offices neighbour the Great Hall. Nearby, the excavated remains of the round towerwith Sally ports and Guardrobes in the medieval city wall can also be seen.
Winchester Castle was also the name of a local football team before merging with
Winchester City F.C.in 2002.
Three Castles Path
* [http://www.britainexpress.com/counties/hampshire/winchester/castle.htm History of the Castle on Britain Express]
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