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Coordinates: 51°27′36″N 0°35′10″W / 51.46°N 0.586°W / 51.46; -0.586

Old Windsor
Old Windsor is located in Berkshire
Old Windsor

 Old Windsor shown within Berkshire
Population 4,775 
OS grid reference SU983744
Unitary authority Windsor and Maidenhead
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
List of places: UK • England • Berkshire

Old Windsor is a large village in the English county of Berkshire.

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Location

Old Windsor is located just south of the town of Windsor and near to the villages of Englefield Green and Datchet. It sits on the River Thames, and provides a pleasant walk along the river's edge to Old Windsor Lock in the summer.

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History

Old Windsor was originally the site of an important palace of the Saxon Kings. Certainly the settlement is documented as a defended royal manor in Edward the Confessor's time (1060s), but archaeological evidence suggests royal connections had existed since at least 9th century. Old Windsor was popular with the monarch because of its convenient location: near the river for transport and Windsor Forest for hunting. Old Windsor was also an early minster location and market, probably associated with a lock (hence the need for a winch) and important riverside mill complex. The name Windsor is believed to come from the Anglo Saxon 'Windlesora' meaning "Windslass on the bank"[1]. The Saxon palace was eventually superseded by the Norman castle - Windsor Castle - at 'New' Windsor. The medieval manor house, however, became a popular Royal hunting lodge, at a time when the castle was a fortress rather than a comfortable residence.

The Great Park

Windsor Great Park is largely within the bounds of Old Windsor, including both the Royal and Cumberland Lodges.

Famous people

Old Windsor is the home of several famous people, including golfer Nick Faldo, Sir Elton John, who lives at Woodside on the edge of the Great Park, and also Lisa Scott-Lee from the pop group Steps. The actress Geraldine McEwan was born in Old Windsor.

Sport and leisure

Old Windsor is home of several sports and leisure club/teams including:

  • Old Windsor Astrology Club
  • Old Windsor Lifeguard Club
  • The Old Windsor Tigers FC (All age groups)
  • Old Windsor Rifle Club
  • The Old Windsor Flower Club (2008 President Mrs Maureen Maybee)
  • The Charles McInerney appreciation society.
  • The David Rees Anti-Cancer campaign (2008 President Thomas Airey)
  • The Ghost-Hunter's society
  • Old Windsor Chess-Club
  • Old Windsor Football Club

Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants

  • The Fox and Castle Pub (Burfield Road)
  • The Harvester (Bells of Ousely) Pub and Restaurant (Straight Road)
  • The Toby Carvery Restaurant and Bar (Straight Road)
  • The Jolly Gardeners Pub (St Lukes' Road) Jolly Gardeners Website
  • Bev's Baps (Cafe, Straight Road)
  • The Oxford Blue Pub (Crimp Hill Road) Historical pub opened in 1829 by Waterloo veteran Tom Evans of The Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) go to www.the-oxford-blue.com[1] to view this pub's history
  • The Union Inn (Crimp Hill Road)
  • Punto Italian Restaurant (St. Lukes' Road)
  • Castle Tandoori (St Lukes' Road)

Shops

  • Budget Supermarket (Straight Road)
  • The Friary Pharmacy (Straight Road)
  • Redwoods Estate agents (Straight Road)
  • Co-op Superstore(St Lukes' Road)
  • Costcutter Supermarket (St Lukes' Road)
  • Lyndwoods' Food and Wine (Lyndwood Parade)
  • Ajit's Store (St Lukes' Road)
  • Cobwebs (Corner of Straight Road, near other shops)
  • Old Windsor patisserie ( straight road )

Travel

Approximately 5 minutes drive from Windsor and 20 minutes from Heathrow. Near to M4 and M25 motorways. The nearest train station is located in Datchet and is just under three miles away.

References

  1. ^ a b South S.R., The Book of Windsor, Barracuda Books, 1977. ISBN 0-86023-038-4







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