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Windsor, quirky facts and myths
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Caroline Wagstaff's book clears up the myths about Windsor Castle

Caroline Wagstaff, an entrepreneur from Windsor, has tried to separate fact from fiction in her book which explores quirky facts about Windsor's history.

Her book, titled Windsor Fun, Facts, History and Legend touches on a range of subjects.

From the origin of the Windsor Castle Guardsmen to the ghost which is said to haunt Windsor Great Park, no stone is left unturn.

And a fair few myths have been dispelled along the way.

Caroline said she was surprised by how many Windsor rumours she managed to disprove.

She said: "For example, there is a rumour in Windsor that the sculptor who created the copper horse at the end of the Long Walk in Windsor haunts the park.

"Lots of people say that the sculptor killed himself because he was so ashamed that he forgot to put the stirrups on the statue of the horse.

"But he actually lived until into his 70s.

"The horse and rider were based on riders in the Roman Empire, when they didn't use stirrups."

Another myth perpetuated in Windsor is that when Sir Christopher Wren built the Guildhall building, he made sure the pillars in the centre didn't touch the ceiling.

Caroline said: "People say they did that on purpose as a snub to the planners, because when he built the extension to the Guildhall, they asked him to put in some extra pillars.

"But the foundations to that building are very, very heavy, and what is more likely is that over time they collapsed and the pillars moved about 1/2 an inch away from the ceilings."

Customers to the Nell Gywnn Restaurant in Church Street, Windsor may also be disappointed to learn that Nell Gwynne never actually lived in Church Street, as is rumoured.

"All the shop keepers think that Nell Gwynn lived there, but actually that street was then called Fish Street. It would have been full of horrible smelly fish and would not have been a very nice place to live." said Caroline.

According to the history buff, Nell Gwynn actually lived in the Royal Mews in Windsor.

Caroline also explored more recent history - such as Windsor's role in World War II and the ravages Dutch Elm disease wrought upon trees in Windsor Great Park in the 1980s.

She said: "Rumour has it that Hitler took a liking to Windsor Castle, and wanted to make it his home if he succeeded in invading England, so instructed that it was not to be bombed.

The Crown Jewels
The Crown Jewels were not moved to Windsor Castle for safety

"It was thought that the Crown Jewels were moved there for safe-keeping by British Intelligence. But that turned out not to be true."

However, the deer in Windsor Great Park were moved to the safer ground of Balmoral during World War II, as the park became turned over to agricultural use in aid of the war effort.

"The Duke of Edinburgh actually arranged for them to be moved back to the Park during the war."

After World War II, Windsor became the stomping ground for rock royalty, as the Rolling Stones gigged at the now defunct Ricky Tick Club, which was located at the Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor. The Stones played for Ricky Tick at least 39 times during 1962 and 1964.

The club also hosted stars such as Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Howling Wolf and the then unknown rock god Jimi Hendrix.




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