I am a medievalist in the process of completing a PhD (involving medieval medicine). I travel as much as possible at home (UK) and abroad. I'm always ready for new experiences!
Published July 16th 2014
See as part of your visit to Windsor Castle
Most visitors to Windsor spend the majority of their time at the awe-inspiring Windsor Castle or touring one of the world's finest institutions, Eton College. Windsor is certainly one of England's most idyllic and historically significant places and it's easily accessible from London by train or car. However, if you've seen the main sights of Windsor before or have a bit of extra time, take the opportunity to explore some less advertised places, such as Windsor Parish Church.
The church is hardly a hidden gem, as it's located only a short walk away from Windsor Castle, but it may be easily overlooked in the rush to experience all that Windsor has to offer. The present building dates to 1822, which is not very old considering the long history of the site and surrounding area. A description at the church states that there appears to have been a place of worship on this site since the early twelfth century when Henry I moved the Royal Court to Windsor Castle. The only remnants of the medieval church are some old vaults under the floor and some memorials covered by glass.
Like every English parish church, there is stained glass and memorials to view - some more notable than others. Two stones from the medieval wall are enclosed under glass. One is to Harry Bigge (1514), a guardsman, and the other is to Mayor Wyllima Canon (1509).
The church's painting of The Last Supper is considered to be a 'national treasure'. Tradition attributes the painting to Franz de Cleyn (1588-1658), who was the court painter of James I. It originally hung over the altar at St George's, Windsor, and then was given to the parish church by George III.