Warwick Castle 88 g
View from the road leading up to Warwick castle showing its dramatic crenellations and turrets. It was an impressive sight for 18th-century travellers. John Byng, social diarist and Viscount Torrington, visited in 1785, writing: "we gazed for half an hour at the stupendous magnificence of the castle; which is probably the most perfect piece of castellated antiquity in the kingdom." He continued: "I was enwrapt in all the chimeras of chivalry, and romance; and could have wished to have seen an armed knight issue from the castle, to lead us to a banquet, prepared by the governor, who had seen us from the turret; and was famed for his hospitality to pilgrims, and travellers."