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Peascod Street 1937, Windsor

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Peascod St 1937

Peascod Street 1937, Windsor
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Before it was closed to traffic and cobbled. Although the Goswell's ally was paved with ridges back in the 1800's to allow horses to get a foothold when hauling wagons down.

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Nell Gwynn's on Church Street

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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My mother, Josephine Miles, worked with Mrs Thorne who owned the Antiques shop in Church Street, near the Castle. It was called 'Nell Gwynn's'. It was said that it had a secret tunnel that was built by King Charles II for his mistress, Nell Gwynn. It ran from the cellar of what was her home, and came out in the King's bedroom fireplace. Whether this is true or just rumour, I cannot say.  While working at this famous antique shop, my mother met many stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe, Ryan O'Neil, Terry Thomas and many more... but she did mention that the most handsome man she had ever met was Gary Cooper.

My Dad

High Street And Guildhall 1914, Windsor
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My dad's uncles purchased a horse and cart with their gratuity from WWI and travelled from Cippenham to the market in the Guildhall. They sold crockery they bought from barges on the Grand Union canal direct from the Potteries, you could order replacements for broken crockery. There was the usual traffic jam on Castle Hill and dad would jump off the cart and race up Kings Stairs(?) (they were open to the public then) race across the castle and out the gate, still beating his uncles to the Guildhall.

The Queen And Pantos

Theatre Royal 2004, Windsor
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I was going from Slough to our favorite pub (The Victoria Arms) on the bus in the 60's not knowing it was Ladies Day at Ascot. The bus ground to a halt at the bottom of Castle Hill, the clippie (young people will have to Google that!) yelled "It's Lizzie!" and everybody jumped off to watch the Queen, Queen's mum, Margaret and Snowden go into the Theatre Royal. Pity there is no pics of the 73(?) pubs in Boro of Windsor! even in W Cornwall I met an ex postie who worked in Slough and Windsor and could name every pub! Before that we went every year to the pantos, Norman Evans with his pneumatic falsies and "over the garden fence" act always made a wonderful dame. Dad took the family back in the 80's, alas no Norman Evans! Panto sometimes meant a meal in a restuarant in Slough, very unusual for us or anyone in the 50's, dad once lost his glass eye on the bus to Windsor!

Back to Windsor

Norman Tower c1890, Windsor
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I've been here - to this very spot, with the precious women of my life - my Mom when I was a child, and with my children when they were women.  How can it be that it looks exactly the same in 1890, 1971 and 2001?  I can feel the cool brick under my hand, and see the flowers over the edge.  I wanted to jump down and walk there when I was a child and later with my girls.  How can it be that the air and the sky is the same.  When I want to remember, to feel, to grieve, to rejoice - I go back - back to where memories and feelings are connected - Back to Windsor.

Fishing on The Thames at Romney Island.

As a teenager living in the Old Kent Road back in the early 1960s, Windsor was surprisingly accessible to me. I spent most summer Saturdays fishing the lock cut at Romney Island. A number 53 bus would take me to Lower Marsh, which was the rear entrance to Waterloo Station. A short walk up the slope past Dewar's bottling plant and I was on the station concourse. It was about forty minutes by train to Windsor & Eton Riverside if I remember rightly. The first thing to greet me at Windsor would be the delightful smell of freshly baked bread coming from Denny's the bakery. I would stroll past the Donkey House pub and along Romney Walk, eventually reaching Tom Jones's boatyard and the lock. The lock in those days was a delightful old wooden structure with long beams by which the lockkeeper would manually operate it. The weir too was of wooden construction back then, with a pitched roof over the walkway. The lock keeper kept an old punt... Read more

Well None Character With Hand Cart!

High Street And Guildhall 1914, Windsor
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Man often seen in windsor running in white plimsols, with hand cart, does anyone remember this man and his name?

Nell Gwynne's

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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There was a tunnel in the basement of Nell Gwynne's old house, rumoured to lead to the king's bedroom in Windsor Castle. I worked in the restaurant next door which used to be part of the same house and the start of the tunnel was still very visible in the basement.

St.georges School

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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At the foot of Windsor Castle on the Datchet Road is St. George's private school, which is within the castle grounds. My mother's mother (my gran), worked in the kitchen there. When I was small (about 10), we would go every Sunday and sit in the parlour with gran and a man called 'deafy', and a lady who smoked and had hairy legs. The door which is opposite the station by the river, is still the same door and the windows have bars against them. My gran's name was Alice Stewart, she died of cancer and I don't know where she was buried or cremated.

Henry VIII Gate 194

The Castle, Henry VIII Gate 1914, Windsor
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No matter how old it is it never seems to change

Queen Victoria Statue 194

Castle Hill 1914, Windsor
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Can't recall if the "old girl" was still standing at the intersection of Castle Hill and Peascod St when I visited in 2010, but she stood there for a great many years.

Clewer 1890

Clewer 1890, Windsor
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People who lived in Clewer in the 1900's wouldn't recognize the place.

Windsor/Eton Town Bridge & Sir Christopher Wren's House

Town Bridge And Sir Christopher Wren's House c1900, Windsor
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I remember when the old Roadmaster double-deckers used this bridge daily on their run to and from Slough. Now the bridge is closed to road traffic and the vehicles have to detour around the Brocas to access Windsor.

Eton Side Bridge House Hotel 1937

The Bridge House Hotel 1937, Windsor
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I believe this is still in operation as a hotel, to the left are the boathouses where the Eton rowing club was housed.

King George V Memorial 1937

King George V Memorial 1937, Windsor
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Across from the train station for Datchet and other parts

Windsor, The Bridge `955

The Bridge c1955, Windsor
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A good view of the connecting bridge between Windsor and Eton. Only now open to foot traffic.

The Guildhall 1937

The Guildhall 1937, Windsor
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Later to become famous as the site of the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla. There was a blessing ceremony later in St. George's Chapel but Queen Elizabeth would not give permission for them to be married in the Chapel as Camilla was divorced. Perhaps an omen of future problems now surfacing.

Windsor Great Park, Long Walk

Great Park, The Long Walk c1960, Windsor
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If you needed exercise this walk would be more than you bargained for.

Windsor, The River 1960

The River c1960, Windsor
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Lovely place to take a summer's walk and visit with the swans.

Coldstream Guard From Blues And Royals

Castle, The Coldstream Guard c1960, Windsor
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To this day this regiment is charged with protection of the royal family and are quite a colourful sight to see when changing the guard.

Cruising 1965

The River c1965, Windsor
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Wonderful to take a cruise on these boats on a warm summer day.

River Gardens `960

The River Gardens c1960, Windsor
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Used to be a peaceful place to pass a few hours in contemplation and just watch the boats.

River Cruise Boat Looking Toward Railway Bridge & Brocas

Launch on River c1955, Windsor
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A lovely way to pass time on a warm summer day.

Castle Hill 1937

Castle Hill 1937, Windsor
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Always a colourful and lovely sight when the Changing of the Guard parade through the town. No matter what the weather there are always crowds for this.

Changing of The Guard 1960

Castle, Changing of The Guard c1960, Windsor
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A very colourful and complicated ceremony involving much history of the area.

Castle From Eton Boathouses 1929

The Castle From The River 1929, Windsor
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Still hadn't changed by the 1960's.

Aerial View Windsor Castle 1960

Castle c1960, Windsor
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This is the view you get from your plane as it circles to land at Heathrow Airport. It is awesome from this height and seems to go on forever.

Castle Hill 1937

Castle Hill 1937, Windsor
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Before they took down the high wall surrounding the castle. It is now at seating height.

Church St. 1964

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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Still the same in 2003

Aerial View Windsor Castle 1964

From The Air 1964, Windsor
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Watch from your descending plane as you come in to land at Heathrow. It is quite a "welcome home" sight.

Bobby 1895

Policeman 1895, Windsor
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The uniform of the Police force back in the 1800's - the helmet survived many changes throughout the years but some still are worn.

Caleys 1004

Caleys 2004, Windsor
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Famous department/clothing store

Prince Consort Cottages 2004

Prince Consort Cottages 2004, Windsor
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Workers at the castle were allocated one of these cottages while employed.

Queen Charlotte St 2004

Queen Charlotte Street 2004, Windsor
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Still looked the same in 2010

Boating 2004

Down by The River 2004, Windsor
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Always a great way to spend a day on the river.

Riverside Train Station

Riverside Train Station 2004, Windsor
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Just as immaculate in 2010

Band of The Blues And Royals

The Band of The Blues And Royals 2004, Windsor
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Usually accompany the changing of the guard and also any special occasion.

Castle Hotel 2004

Castle Hotel 2004, Windsor
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Still looks the same in 2010

Brunel's Railway Bridge 2004

Brunel's Railway Bridge 2004, Windsor
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Still in use 2010 - a great example of his work.

Three Towers of Castle 2004

Three Towers 2004, Windsor
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Now that high defensive wall has been removed you can truly appreciate the fortification of this castle.

Queen's Swans 2004

Wendy 2004, Windsor
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These swans are protected and have a full-time staff all year to protect, care for and nurture these beautiful creatures. But they are quite a handful especially when it's time for them to winter inside.

OUtside of Riverside Station 2004

Riverside Station 2004, Windsor
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Looks like a barracks but is a main line terminal.

Royal Standard 2004

Royal Standard 2004, Windsor
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When this flag is flying the Queen is in residence.

Sir Sydney Camm's House

Sir Sydney Camm's House 2004, Windsor
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Opposite my Aunt Alice's house on Duke Street, Windsor. These terraced houses are all boarded up which seems a waste.

Typical Shop 2004

Glorious Britain 2004, Windsor
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So many of these well organized and comprehensive shops on Castle Hill and area that it is hard to choose which to buy your keepsakes.

Old Kings Head Pub 2004

Old Kings Head 2004, Windsor
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The character of these buildings is astounding as they are so old but very well cared for to retain the era of the town.

Jasper Another Queen's Swan 2004

Jasper The Swan 2004, Windsor
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Enjoying a bath or grooming session in the compound where they live for the winter.

Windsor 1965

The River c1965, Windsor
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Nothing has changed since my most recent visit 2005. Always a pleasure walking down beside the river.

Windsor 1964

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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Hasn't changed a bit in the 37 years I've been away.

Windsor Castle

Three Towers 2004, Windsor
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When I left there was a high fortress wall around the castle which has ben taken down so that visitors can sit on it.

Duke Street? Windsor

Sir Sydney Camm's House 2004, Windsor
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These are the old terrace houses across from where my Dad was born. Shame they can't be revived for housing.

Royal Post Box Windsor

Commemorative Blue Post Box 2004, Windsor
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Too bad these old post boxes have been removed from most towns now - the red ones were such a cheery sight.

Main Train Station Windsor

And Eton Central Station, The Grand Entrance 2004, Windsor
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A great job transforming this old lady into a viable and attractive entrance to Windsor from the Slough station, where tourists arrive from all parts of the country. An improvement from the dirty, smoke stained facade that it was when I was in nursery school a few doors away.

St Leonards Hill

The Bridge c1955, Windsor
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Living approx, six miles from Windsor, one on a clear night could just see Windsor castle. I have been often told that Her Royal Majesty had her own country house where I lived and that on occasions she would reside there rather than in the Castle itself. Not too far away was where Billy Smart would have his circus animals roam wild in a huge enclosure. Again not too far from there from where Her Majesty had her house, there was a woodland and somewhere within the woodland was a clearing where upon a good clear night the guards at Windsor Castle would often see what appeared to be flaming torches forming a circle which would be approx, twenty yards or even more in diameter across, and on seeing these flaming torches circling in procession, the security would notify the police to investigate, one could not be too careful when it came to the Queen's well-being when she was within her country house. St Leonard's Hill was in the 1960s... Read more

Windsor Sundays

Great Park, Long Walk 1914, Windsor
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I remember always being taken by the parents to walk around Windsor Castle on a Sunday afternoon, just walking in then, not security checks or admission fees! And we were so bored of going to see the Dolls House which now you have to queue for! Then a walk down by the river with all the swans... never a ride on the pleasure boats... too expensive! How times change things!

Cab Rank, Wheel Stop

I always understood that these were wheel stops to prevent the carriages rolling back down the hill and were not to tie the horse to.

The Good Days

Church Street c1960, Windsor
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My Mother owned the Kings Head and i worked in the reastaurant with her she done all home baking and had Eton College lads and there familys eating there,also a great trade was the Army lads from both barracks,I married one in 1956,we are retired to somerset but my heart will always be in Windsor,we served teas to the queues of people visiting our late Kings floral tributes,my late father was a porter at the castle for awhile,all my four daughters were born in Windsor and i had many friends who still live there,The kings Head has changed so much like the many public houses have,the pub at the end of church street was called The Ship pity they couldnt leave them with the same name,all our pubs were like land marks to us,i know times change but names should not.I spent so many happy Memories in windsor and i visit often as my daughter lives in Holyport.I used your site when you first started up and it has improved... Read more

Ye Olde Kings Head

Church Street 1964, Windsor
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My Nan, Esa Victoria Manning owned the Kings Head and lived there with her family. She was a great cook.

Winter Sundays

Great Park, Long Walk 1914, Windsor
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1964-1967 There was a time when nearly every Winter Sunday was spent walking from the Egham side, through the Beechwoods then up the Long Walk to Windsor for an early cream tea, then back through all the leaves and cob nuts to the small pub somewhere on the Egham gate side.
You had to hurry at times as there were sunset closing times on some gates. Not the Pub one though!

There truly were beech copses which had cobnuts, Oak, Elm and Plane leaves shin deep, with swirling smoke from Park keeper's cottage chimneys.
We walked miles and miles for fun and because it meant being together but 'behaving' :-)
A visit in 1985 showed it to be largely unchanged and I hope that is still so. Someone else posted about the timeless quality of great monuments, whether stone or landscape. So be It.
Olivia

Warning, it Should't Rain Inside The Bus

The Bridge c1955, Windsor
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I have two early memories of Windsor. One, not far from here and having my photo taken with a huge parrot. The second is a bit funnier. We lived in Chalfont St Peter and when I was about 9 in 1964 my elder brother and his mate took me for a day out to Windsor. We bought Rover tickets and bottles of Tizer and waited for the bus. We all finished our drinks and then the double decker Green Line bus arrived. We went upstairs, of course, and sat in the back. The only other person was a grown up women half way down. By now my bladder was fit to burst but my brother was adamant that we weren't getting off before Windsor. So, I lifted up the back bench seat and behold, there was a long shallow metal tray. Quietly and quickly I pee'd in this tray until it was brimming. My brother and his mate thought this was a real laugh. We all sat down and a... Read more

To Kelly With Love

Castle Hill 1895, Windsor
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Windsor Castle, such precious memories come to mind when I think of this place. It connects me to the people I love, and even though they're gone now - the feelings, the thoughts, their presence is real and tangible when I'm there. What a great gift England has given me.

The Mansion on St Leonards Road

I used to work on a pig farm which belonged to a farmer by the name of Lovejoy, he was a provider for Wall's Pork Sausages. The thing was that I had some time to myself where I would explore the woodlands around St Leonard's Hill, one day I found an old derelict mansion with hardly any of its structure worth mentioning. But to the front of the mansion there were two huge pillars of stone like one would see on some Greek island. The story goes that the Lord of the mansion, a wealthy man, had a daughter for whom he bought a frisky horse on her 18th birthday. The horse got spooked and galloped away with her through the woodland. There was a low-lying branch where she could not escape herself being caught up in its branch. She was found a few hours later, hanging by her neck within the forked branch. The funeral was to take place, where she and the horse were buried within the... Read more

The Olive Branch

Outstanding memories of times gone by are the Olive Branch Tea Shop (just before the Theatre Royal) who made the most delicious doughnuts and a little further up the hill was a family run chocolate shop - E.V.Tull. Mr. Tull made the most exquisite chocolates and at Easter and Christmas there were the most magical displays all in chocolate. Fullers Cake Shop was another treat which with the others have long departed and been overtaken by the likes of McDonalds etc. All very sad! Not much magic left there except the Castle and that is almost too regal for its modern surroundings.

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