Day 5b: Storming the Castle
Warwick Castle traces its history, like the Tower of London, back to William the Conqueror, who built the original earthen mound and fortress in 1068. That mound is still present as the rear wall of Warwick Castle (more pictures to come).
Warwick Castle is claimed to be England’s “best preserved medieval castle”, and it shows!
After we park, we make our way up to the castle… Kathy and Andrew pose for a nice picture. Melanie is a goofball.
Our first view of Warwick Castle is impressive, with its towers and ramparts silhouetted against the brilliant blue sky:
The castle is surrounded by the typical “moat” ditch, but according to written historical records, this was not a pretty water-filled moat… instead, it was used as the trash dump, with waste products ranging from food, used water, human waste, and dead animals were tossed into this gap…
It served a useful purpose during times when the castle was under siege, as the attackers could not get a good foothold in the festering slime at the bottom of the pit.
Once inside, the lighting was much better, and I got some really nice shots of the castle walls and towers:
Here ya go:
I gotta get me one of these!
We sat in the shade and watched a *fantastic* live bird show… they had owls, vultures, and several kinds of eagles… I got a couple of nice shots here, too:
Next up was the new attraction, “Warwick Ghosts Alive!!!” This was a “haunted house” show that actually “brought to life” a real event that happened in the “Ghost Tower” — Sir Fulke Greville’s murder and the subsequent “hauntings” that have been recorded over the years. It wasn’t here last time, so this was new to Kathy and me this time!
This was *REALLY* funny, as Mel wanted to do this and Kathy was nervous… they both made a point of almost hiding behind Andrew and I as we got close to the entrance, but as it came time to usher us into the tour, I deftly got those two to the front of the line, so they were convenient targets for the entire time!!! They screamed at every “boo” the “ghosts” threw at us… good times!!!
The “Ghost Tower” itself really was pretty creepy looking:
My children, though, are not creepy looking:
Now it’s time to storm the castle walls and ramparts, as we ascend the 400-some-odd stairs to the upper tower and rampart walls to get the most magnificent views of the castle and the surrounding countryside. These pictures really do not do the views justice:
(okay… next up will be the trebuchet show!!!)