Wargrave Local History Society
Dr David Lewis revealed some of the history of Old Windsor at the November meeting of the Wargrave Local History Society.
He considered why it was of interest, and what was known of its history – and equally, what of its ‘popular history’ was fiction.
The original community had faded by the 13th century, so that virtually nothing existed apart from the church surrounded by fields.
Little direct documentary evidence exists, and unravelling the history has depended on ‘piecing together fragments of information from other sources, such as the Synod of the English church, held there in 1070, or the ‘Crown Wearings’ of various kings in the period before 1107.
The name Windsor derives from the Norse for a ‘winch by the river’ – but the settlement pre-dates the use of Norse words.
It was close to the roads of the period and the tidal limit of the River Thames, so maybe developed for transferring goods between the two. However, the archaeology found no evidence of coins, suggesting it was not a trading post.
Whatever the actual ‘reason’ why a settlement had developed there remains a mystery.
The next meeting will be the Society’s Christmas Party, on Tuesday, December 11, whilst on Tuesday, January 8, local historian and author Audrey Curtis will recount the history of Twyford and Ruscombe.
The meetings take place at the Old Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, Wargrave, starting at 8pm.
For more information about the Society visit www.wargravehistory.org. uk/, or contact me on 0118 940 3121. Peter Delaney