Windsor Castle is a medieval residence in Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. It is notable for its long association with the British royal family and is also known for its architecture.
The original castle was built by William the Conqueror after the Norman invasion. Since the time of Henry I, it has been used by a succession of monarchs and is the longest-occupied palace in Europe. The castle’s lavish, early 19th-century Apartments are architecturally significant and the castle includes the 15th-century St George’s Chapel, considered to be one of the supreme achievements of English Perpendicular Gothic design.
Queen Victoria made minor changes to the castle, which became the center for royal entertainment during much of her reign. The Castle was also used as a refuge for the royal family during the bombing campaigns of the Second World War and survived a fire in 1992. It is a popular tourist attraction, a venue for hosting state visits, and the Queen’s preferred weekend home.
Since it was a royal residence and has enjoyed such a long history, we were curious if the castle sat on a major grid line. After plotting in Gridpoint Atlas and viewing in Google Earth, we found that it was.
Windsor castle was built on a 6′ grid line. The line is actually continuous, even though Google Earth is showing it as broken. GE sometimes does that when you zoom in and out.