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Carers Weekend Away April 2009.

Once again the sun shone down on carers during the weekend trip to
Royal Leamington Spa. The hotel for the weekend was
Created in the 1920's from three Victorian mansions retaining the
grace and character of the period while providing modern amenities
the hotel has 63 bedrooms, 7 function rooms, bars and lounge areas.

This is how the carers had to relax
during the weekend, it’s such a shame.

Warwick Castle was a great day out, the weather was fantastic
and there was lots to see, the displays in the castle itself of how
people lived in those days,demonstrations on sward fighting,
flying birds of pray and a tour of the dungeons to see some
of the horrific torture devices used on people.
Now a bit about Warwick castle and then some pictures to look at.

Warwick Castle is a medieval castle, it sits on a cliff overlooking a bend in the River Avon. Warwick Castle was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 it was used as a fortification until the early 17th century, when Sir Fulke Greville converted it to a country house. It was owned by the Greville family, who became earls of Warwick in 1759, until 1978.

From 1088, the castle traditionally belonged to the Earl of Warwick, and it served as a symbol of his power.

The castle was taken in 1153 by Henry of Anjou, later Henry II. It has been used to hold prisoners, including some from the Battle of Poitiers in the 14th century.

Under the ownership of Richard Neville – also known as "Warwick the Kingmaker" – Warwick Castle was used in the 15th century to imprison the English king, Edward IV.

Warwick Castle has been compared with Windsor Castle in terms of scale, cost, and status.

Since its construction in the 11th century, the castle has undergone structural changes with additions of towers and redesigned residential buildings. Originally wooden it was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. During the Hundred Years War, the facade opposite the town was refortified, resulting in one of the most recognisable examples of 14th century military architecture.