centuries ago, soon after he had become the first Norman
king of England, William the Conqueror built a ring of castles
around London. Each was a day's march from the capital.
On a steep chalk hill overlooking the River Thames, he found
an eminently suitable site for a fortress to guard the western
approach to London. Even from the Norman period Windsor
Castle has acted as a state prison. As early as 1095 the
Earl of Northumberland was imprisoned at Windsor for defying
William II. Prisoners were kept in various towers, castle
lodgings and gatehouses, including Colehouse, the Curfew
Tower and the erroneously named Norman Gate.
Gate stands north of the Round Tower and is one of the main
entrances to the Upper Ward that houses the Queen's Private
and State Apartments. Bordered on one side by the North
Terrace and on the other by the Moat Garden, Norman Gate
was actually built during the reign of Edward III and not
by the House of Normandy as its name suggests.
sculpture incorporates buildings from the Tudor era which
in recent times have been used as private residences and
administrative and defense offices.