19 Facts About Warwick Castle


Warwick Castle is a medieval castle developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068.

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Warwick Castle was then sold to Nick Leslau's investment firm, Prestbury Group, under a sale and leaseback agreement.

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Warwick Castle is situated in the town of Warwick, on a sandstone bluff at a bend of the River Avon.

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Warwick Castle then passed from Neville to his son-in-law, George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence.

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Warwick Castle was placed under attainder, and so could not inherit the throne, by King Henry VII of England, being held by the King for fourteen years in the Tower of London until he was executed for high treason in 1499, supposedly for conspiring to escape with the 'pretender' Perkin Warbeck.

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Warwick Castle had fallen into decay due to its age and neglect, and despite his remarks Dudley did not initiate any repairs to the castle.

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Daniel Garrett's work at Warwick Castle is documented in 1748; Howard Colvin attributed to him the Gothic interior of the chapel.

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Canaletto's work on Warwick Castle has been described as "unique in the history of art as a series of views of an English house by a major continental master".

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The earl's estates, including Warwick Castle, were given to the Earl of Galloway and John FitzPatrick, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory, in 1806, but the castle was returned to the earls of Warwick in 1813.

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The collection of armoury on display at Warwick Castle is regarded as second only to that of the Tower of London.

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In 2001, Warwick Castle was named one of Britain's "Top 10 historic houses and monuments" by the British Tourist Authority; the list included Tower of London, Stonehenge, and Edinburgh Castle.

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Warwick Castle was recognised as Britain's best castle by the Good Britain Guide 2003.

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Warwick Castle is protected against unauthorised change as a scheduled monument in recognition of its status as a "nationally important" archaeological site or historic building, and is a Grade I listed building together with its boundary walls, stables, conservatory, mill and lodge.

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In June 2005, Warwick Castle became home to one of the world's largest working siege engines.

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Warwick Castle trebuchet is currently the largest one in the world.

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The Warwick Castle is home to "The Warwick Castle Dungeon", a live actor experience similar to that of "London Dungeons".

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When Warwick Castle was rebuilt in the reign of King Henry II it had a new layout with the buildings against the curtain walls.

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Over its 950 years of history Warwick Castle has been owned by 36 different individuals, plus four periods as crown property under seven different monarchs.

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The mill was reused as an electricity generating plant after it had stopped being used to grind, but once Warwick Castle was fitted with mains electricity in 1940, the mill was no longer required and was dismantled in 1954.

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