Windlass with Saxon ship.
Windsor is about sixteen miles to the east of Hurst. Its name originated from the Old English word 'Windlesora', meaning river bank with a windlass. An important community had been established on the bank of the River Thames at Old Windsor, with a Saxon palace, before the Norman Conquest.
After the Conquest, William I built a castle overlooking the Thames to the north west of Old Windsor. It became a favoured residence of many English kings, and the modern town grew up around it.
Windsor town and castle c.1725 by John Kip.
The River Thames, Windsor, 1860 (E Brandard).
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