Warwick Castle – Photos

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle is one of those places that I had always intended to visit but as it’s nearby I hadn’t quite managed a trip there until recently.  After all, it has been there since 1068 so I felt that it was likely to be around for a while yet.  What a lovely castle it is with lots of activities.

The castle lies on the River Avon and you can see at the front of the photo where the moat used to be.  Originally it was built in wood during the time of William the Conqueror but in the twelfth century it was rebuilt in stone.  It is run by Merlin Entertainments, rather than the more usual English Heritage or National Trust.




Inside the great hall

Inside the great hall

Inside the castle

The Great Hall is magnificent.  No floor tile patterns to inspire a quilt, but plenty to see.  This horse was a bit like the Mona Lisa – he seemed to be watching me as I walked around the hall.

Bear and ragged staff

Bear and ragged staff

I had heard of the bear and ragged staff many times before without quite knowing its significance.  The symbol of a bear with ragged staff is closely associated with Warwickshire – the T20 cricket team the Birmingham Bears is part of Warwickshire County Cricket Association..  They play at Edgbaston, just down the road from me.  Somewhere else that I still need to visit.

Apparently one of the Earls of Warwickshire was a Knight of the Round Table in the time of King Arthur.  His name was Arthgal.  The name is thought to have come from the Welsh word for bear.  A different earl a few centuries later fought off a giant using a tree branch from which he had stripped all the twigs and leaves – the ragged staff.  I have to admit that the link seems a bit weak to me, but it makes a nice story!  You can see two bears with ragged staffs in the photo.

Time Tower

Life at the castle

Life at the castle

The Time Tower provided some great stories of the castle through the ages.  There were some very lifelike models showing how people lived at the castle during various stages of its history.  The story of the castle was explained as you walked through a series of rooms – very interesting and well set up.

Wonderful tapestries

Wonderful tapestries

When I visit these historical buildings I am always struck by how well some tapestries seem to survive the years.

There are many lovely tapestries in Warwick Castle.  It’s the fact that the colours are still so good even after hundreds of years that always impresses me.

Outside the castle

I visited the castle out of season so a lot of the usual activities were closed, but I can imagine that in full season there would be lots of activities and demonstrations aimed at keeping the children happy and involved.

Peacocks close by

Peacocks close by

The trebuchet (siege machine) was fascinating.  For safety reasons this huge catapult was situated and fired on the other side of the river.  My photos aren’t clear enough for it to be worth showing them to you, but there are some good photos on the Warwick Castle website.  The trebuchet was used to hurl stones and rocks into whatever castle they were attacking.  Sometimes they also hurled things like dead animals over the defensive walls in the hope of spreading rotten meat throughout the area.  What nice times they lived in!

We sat on a hill on our side of the river to watch.  I was rather amazed at how close the peacocks came to all the spectators.  I had never seen a peacock so close up – what amazing colours they have in their feathers.

All in all, Warwick Castle provides a magnificent day out with a fascinating glimpse of life through the centuries.

 

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  1. Hi Rose
    sorry it took me so long to say a big thank you for the fabric you sent.
    Your pictures are really great. You are a good advert for “Visit Britain”
    Sorry that these days I can’t travel as much as I would want, but you pictures remind me of the lovely places I have visited in Britain.

    • Hi Fay. I’m glad the fabrics arrived safely. Travelling is one of my great pleasures, so I’m pleased that you enjoy the photos. We are very lucky here in the UK with all the places we can visit.

  2. Lovely quilt I love log cabin, and have recently made 3 long cabin wreaths wall hangings ( just need to add the bow! I start my Christmas sewing in January, so I’d love to see the items you have made for Christmas. Love your Friday quilts, I wish I could finish something in a week! Thankyou so much for your wonderful photos of your day trips. Hope the day is good for you

    • Thanks, Carol. Your log cabin wreaths are a great idea. I wish I could be as organised as you and begin my Christmas sewing far earlier than I do. Don’t forget that I don’t finish a quilt each week – I just complete the top and then very often it has to join the unfinished project pile! Glad you like the photos of my travels.

  3. Elizajane says:

    Lovely pattern, I just wish I had more time to quilt, My Sewing room is just recovering from a broken hot water tank, so everything was removed to a storage trailer, It’s been 7 weeks so I hope to be back in it next week-so much I want to do before Christmas. Love your photos, another wish I have is to travel more but at 77 it’s looking less likely. Thanks again for these emails.

    • Hi Elizajane. So sorry to hear that you had a flood from your hot water tank. I hope that you didn’t lose too much fabric – it must have been dreadful. Hope your sewing room does become usable next week. Glad you like the photos – I am trying to visit as many places as I can while I can.

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Thank you for yet another informative history lesson and field trip. You always have such great adventures. This is the only way I may see that part of the world. So thank you again
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I love that idea – field trip! I’m glad that you enjoy seeing my photos. It gives me a good excuse to keep travelling.

  5. Noreen McKechnie says:

    Rose: I bet I’m not the only person who waits for your Friday letter and pattern. It is really one of the bits of mail l look forward to and I enjoy the photo tours you take us on. Something else I think we’d like to see is a photo of your stall at one of the shows you participate in.
    Thanks and good luck at the show
    Noreen

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Noreen. I’m glad you enjoy the articles. That’s a great idea – I’ll try and remember to take a photo of the stand today. I’ve learned a lot since i began doing craft stall. My first stall must have looked a complete mess – I piled everything on a tiny stall so that people could see all my wares. It must have looked like a jumble stall!

  6. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Thanks Rose for yet another interesting field trip . You have so many historic castles in Great Britain. Their history is fascinating. My Grandfather and his family lived in the area near Warwick castle for many generations. He spoke about the castle often. Always fascinated me as a child and still does. Reading your account brought back many memories for me. So enjoyed all the pics. Definitely hope to visit this historic site one day.✈️
    Colleen

    • Hi Colleen. We are indeed lucky not just to have so many castles but to have such great organisations as the National Trust and English Heritage to preserve them and bring them back to life. Your grandfather’s family came from an area that’s full of history.

  7. Kathryn A Hobbs says:

    Thank you for that Rose. My No.1 son and his wife used to live just across the road from the castle, and she worked for a while in the cafe there…..but like you, I never managed to get it together enough to make a visit. Now I have seen your pictures, I think I might have to do so………unfortunately, they now live in Coventry……..hey ho. ggg

    • Hi Kathryn. They always say that we don’t visit our most local attractions. We went out of season so there weren’t any crowds but I suspect that it must get very busy in the summer. Mind you – Coventry also has many attractions.

  8. J Welbourne says:

    Hi Rose. I went there many years ago when I was a teenager and found it fascinating. So pleased you enjoyed your trip. I was introduced to it by a favourite aunt. Lovely place in a lovely setting. First time I heard and saw peacocks. Precious memories.

    All best Janny

    • Hi Janny. The peacocks amazed me – I have only ever seen them as very haughty and regal birds strutting in the distance, but these ones were happily scavenging amongst the spectators like pigeons! Their cry used to terrify my children when they were young.

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