Description of the Honor of Windesor


This plan is one of a set in the Harley Manuscripts collection describing the King’s Honour of Windsor. The lay-out of the town and castle are recognisable today, even down to the position of the old town hall in the middle of the High Street; the stocks shown nearby have, however, disappeared. The royal apartments to the left of the Round Tower had been rebuilt for Elizabeth I, but they were to be extensively remodelled for Charles II and again for George IV. As befits a work destined for the King, Norden embellished the plan as best he could. Deer graze in the park, the Datchet ferryman plies his trade and other of the King’s subjects row or sail along the River Thames.

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Description of the Honor of Windesor
Watercolour / Parchment / Map
John Norden
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Public Domain
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British Library
Harley MS 3749, ff. 5v-6

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