Windsor Castle: View from the Lower Ward looking towards the motte and Round Tower



The castle remains centered on the motte or artificial hill on which William the Conqueror built the first castle. Henry II constructed the Round Tower and the original stone outer wall, ca. 1165.

One of a series of castles that William I (reigned 1066-1087) established around London, Windsor occupied the nearest strong point in the Thames Valley to the west of the city. By the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) the creation of a large hunting forest, together with the proximity of London, made this a favoured royal residence as well as a fortress. It is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. In 1992 a fire damaged approximately one-fifth of the castle; restoration was completed in 1997.


Attribute NameValues
  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Castles

  • Towers

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Nineteenth century

  • Gothic (Medieval)

  • Medieval

Place of Creation
  • Windsor

  • Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom): Berkshire, 25 miles from London

  • +51.483889-0.604444

  • Windsor Castle

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Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
Content License


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Architectural Lantern Slides of United Kingdom


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