Tags: 19th century, a crossing of the Thames, capital, castle, Castles, Edward III Tower, England, English monarchy, expansion phase, Great Britain, largest occupied castle in the world, London, Mediaeval, plague, River Thames, South Wing, summer, the Quadrangle, Upper Ward, Windsor, Windsor Castle
Here we see the Quadrangle, in the Upper Ward at Windsor Castle. This is the largest occupied castle in the world, and one of the oldest, at more than 1,000 years. This part looks Mediaeval but isn’t, as it dates from the great expansion phase in the early part of the 19th century. In the centre of the photograph you can see the Edward III Tower, with the ajoining South Wing to the the left of that.
It’s easy to see why the English monarchy chose this site to fortify, as it is high on a ridge, overlooking a crossing of the Thames; plus the fact that they could always flee out of the capital, London, during the summer plague season!