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ashbourne, United Kingdom
June 8, 2013
From journal Winchester
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 27, 2011
From journal 2 Days in Hampshire
London, United Kingdom
April 25, 2011
From journal Experiencing England for Free
London, England, United Kingdom
July 4, 2010
From journal Hampshire
May 31, 2006
From journal Concussed in Winchester
October 1, 2002
Building of the castle was begun in 1067 by William the Conqueror and was developed by successive kings. Oliver Cromwell had the castle destroyed, but left behind the Great Hall. You can also see the remains of some of the castle towers.
Today the Great Hall houses the famous Round Table, the Garden of Queen Eleanor, and two gates which commemorate the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana. The table, which hangs on the wall now, was once a functioning table. It has been taken down on occasion and wood samples from it have been carbon-dated to the time that King Arthur should have been king.
Of course, Arthur held the throne during the bleak times of the Dark Ages, when there was no written history recorded. All that we know from that time comes from word of mouth passed down for hundreds and hundreds of years. While we do know that there was a King Arthur, the facts about his knights and their table are not that clear. We do not know for sure if this table was Arthur's and we do not know what it is used for. The painting on the table includes the names of all of the knights and a portrait of Arthur, which if you look closely, also resembles another English King. King Henry VIII commissioned the painting on the table during his reign and he requested that Arthur's face be made to look exactly like his. So that when he brought in visitors to view the table, he would stand beneath it, allowing the visitors to see how much he "resembled" the great and famous King Arthur.
Queen Eleanor's garden is a little treat tucked away behind the Great Hall. It has been made to be exactly like a 13th century garden. All of the plants and flowers would have been planted in the Queen's time. Take a short break and have a seat in the Garden, where you can watch a family of white doves play in a fountain.
From journal A Year in Winchester
August 11, 2002
Through the great Hall is Queen Eleanors’ Garden, a reconstruction of a medieval garden with a sculptured falcon on the fountain. The wall forming one side of the garden is all that remains from the King’s House, built by Christopher Wren for Charles II in 1683.
From journal Winchester, the ancient capital of England
December 10, 2001
Actually, what was most interesting was Eleanor's Garden, a tiny space you can only visit by going through the Hall. Even though it was winter, there were flowers, bushes and a small fountain.
I don't recall how much it was, but there is an admission charge.
From journal Christmas in England - Winchester