Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Gargoyles and the State Apartments

Hello

We're in Windsor Castle again today, for the last time this visit.

Walking past St Georges Chapel, the sun is trying to force its way through the clouds. As you look up, you can't help but notice the gargoyles staring back down.





Students of the City and Guilds of London Art School have recently designed modern replacements for the perished gargoyles on the Chapel so you can spot a different type of gargoyle these days made from Syreford stone from the Cotswolds.  The dean had the final say on which designs were accepted!



My previous post had a few more grotesques for you to see although there are plenty more in photographed.

We pass by the Castle and its planted moat, through the archway with views over Eton College Chapel, to the door to the State Apartments. I'm leaving Queen Mary's dolls house til next time.



Sadly, you aren't permitted to take photos inside but here's the Official YouTube video to give you an idea of the sumptuousness.


Being home to 39 monarchs, the apartments have changed over the years. Charles II tried to outdo his French cousin Louis XIV with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and ceilings by Antonio Verrio. The vast Waterloo chamber was added by George IV on the defeat of Napoleon. There are numerous works of art from the Royal Collection and the rebuilding of St Georges Hall following the fire is breathtaking.

There is so much to admire and ponder over on the way round, from a flamboyant bed built for George IV but recovered in colours of Napoleon III when he visited, to the table des grandes capitaines, delicately carved, to fabulous china and paintings.


You'll just have to visit yourself when you are nearby. I might even go back again myself!

Thanks for calling in.

Have a good week.

14 comments:

  1. It is a shame that photos are not allowed, you are right, we will just have to visit ourselves! The gargoyles are amazing aren't they! xx

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    1. It's no hardship is it, wandering round admiring all the lovely things. x

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  2. I used to live in Windsor many, many years ago. A lovely trip x

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    1. It's a bit busy in the summer but it's a lovely town. :-)

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  3. Great shots - wonderful.
    I hope you'll come share your photos at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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    1. Thanks for the invitation, I'll have to have a look :-)

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  4. Wonderful photos - enjoyed the tour! Interesting about the modern gargoyles :)

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    1. Many thanks, glad you enjoyed it :-)

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  5. I've enjoyed all your posts on Windsor. I remember going with my mother on her WI choach trip to Windsor in the early 70s we visited the Castle and also a Safari Park which was nearby:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie. Legoland is now on the old safari park, I used to go there too especially when family was visiting. x

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  6. You've brought back lots of memories: I spent the summer of '85 working in the Safari Park, waitressing in the Mansion and selling ice-creams from a kiosk. Then later, after I left university, I worked in an office in Sheet Street and watched/heard the guards march past the end of the street every morning. Thank you for a lovely visit! xx

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    1. Great memories indeed. You didn't work for the MPMA by any chance? That would indeed be a coincidence. Glad you enjoyed it. x

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    2. No, not the MPMA but the Windsor Life Assurance Company Ltd., no longer in existence. x

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    3. Maybe I walked past you in 1985! x

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