Friday 22 May 2020

A bygone age?

 This is one of my favourite views of Warwick Castle, as seen from the bridge over the river Avon.

A medieval castle, developed from a wooden fort, originally built by William the Conqueror during 1068, it's situated on a bend of the river Avon. The original motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone during the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the façade opposite the town was fortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture. It was used as a stronghold until the early 17th century, when it was granted to Sir Fulke Greville by James I in 1604. Greville converted it to a country house and it was owned by the Greville family, who became Earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978 when it became a tourist attraction.

Behind the castle, across from the river, is this settlement of homes which is one of the quietest and most picturesque  areas of Warwick.

The cottages are delightful

and are reminiscent of village life.

Wisteria around the door and windows

red roses

on the other side of the road, timbered cottages

A much grander house as well

Following the river, the road bends to the left, and  there's another row, all the cottages picture-card perfect

this wisteria is gorgeous

It's very quiet here, reminiscent of a by-gone age

I retraced my steps, went up to the bridge again where you can see the back gardens of some of the cottages. It must be wonderful living there, in this lovely street, with views of the castle from one's garden.

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