Thursday, August 30, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 9: Part 7: Windsor's Frogmore House

Frogmore House. Credit: ukstudentlife.com
After our visit to Windsor Castle we got on the hop-on-hop-off bus for a driving tour of the small city and the surrounding area.  The tour bus took us past The Long Walk, whiich is a path that leads from Windsor Castle down "Kings Road" to a statue of King George III. It's over a mile long.

FROGMORE HOUSE
We also saw "Frogmore House" from a distance. Frogmore is a 17th-century house located in the middle of a large estate. The house is set far back from the road and has a lot of gardens. It's located about a half-mile from Windsor Castle. We didn't get out and walk to it because it was quite a distance, and we wanted to see the rest of the town before other things closed. We also had to make sure we got to the local library where we could connect to the Internet and check in for our flights, and that closed at 5 p.m.


Our picture of Frogmore from the bus- It was far away!

HOUSE HISTORY: 
The original house on the site was a farmhouse known as Gwynn's Farm and then Frogmore Farm. It was rented from the Crown by the Gwynn family, followed by their heirs, the Aldworths. The present Frogmore House was built in 1680–1684. Frogmore was purchased by King George III as a country retreat for Queen Charlotte in 1792. Today, Frogmore House is no longer a Royal residence, but the house and gardens are sometimes used by the Royal Family for official purposes such as receptions.

Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum

The Royal Mausoleum
FROGMORE'S FAMOUS MAUSOLEUMS
There are two famous mausoleums located on the property of this estate.
Our closest view of Frogmor
The first one is within the Frogmore Gardens. That's the burial place of Queen Victoria's mother, Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the Duchess of Kent. The Duchess lived in Frogmore House during the latter part of her life


Our Bus. Credit: city-sightseeing.com
The second mausoleum is in the grounds of Frogmore, close by the Duchess of Kent's Mausoleum. The Royal Mausoleum is much larger than the Duchess' resting place and is the burial place of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert.

NO FROGMORE GHOSTLY LEGENDS
I've been unable to learn of any ghosts haunting Frogmore. Maybe that's because it hasn't been investigated. I'm sure there could be something lingering in there. Regardless, there was ONE MORE GHOST that we encountered in Windsor. Stay tuned for that one. 

    

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