Windsor (landing place with a windlass)

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).

References in main text:

         I   Early Forest (1)
       III   The Bounds (2)
      VI   The Royal Village (1)
     VII   Peace and Prosperity (2)
    VIII   War and Poverty (1)
      IX   Great Houses (1)
      XI   Commuting (2)
    XIII   New Farmland (1)
     XV  Recently (1)