Windsor Castle 9
Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"The connection of Windsor with Royalty is believed to date back to the Saxon Kings. Edward the Confessor made over the manor to the Monks of Westminster, but William the Conqueror...persuaded the holy fathers to let him have it in exchange for some lands in Essex. He built here a Norman Castle, which Henry I. enlarged; but of this the only remains are three towers at the western end of the lower ward. Edward III., who was born here, erected the present stately pile, the building being chiefly directed by William of Wykeham. Additions were made in the reigns of Edward IV., Henry VII. and VIII., Elizabeth, and Charles II. Restorations were made by George III., and George IV. spent nearly a million of money in modern alterations and enlargements. The celebrated St. George's Chapel, the chapel of the Order of the Garter, was built in the reign of Edward IV., and Henry VII. added a stone roof to the choir."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'