Illuminating but simple story THERE was a question on last night's (October 17) University Challenge relating to Queen Ethelfleda
of Mercia and her campaigns against the Danes.
The specific Wicked Warwick facts relating to history - from the song It's A Long Way to Tipperary being penned in a Warwickshire pub to princess warrior Ethelfleda
building the first castle at Warwick to defend the Vikings - is a really nice touch.
Warwick Castle's origins can be traced back to a Saxon fortification which Ethelfleda
, daughter of Alfred the Great, used to defend against the invading Danes.
New characters for 2014 include Ethelfleda
(daughter of Alfred the Great and founder of Warwick Castle in 914) and Fulke Greville (granted the Castle in 1604 by James I).
Warwick Castle's history stretches back to 914AD when Ethelfleda
, daughter of Alfred the Great, ordered the building of a "burh" or an earthen rampart to protect the small hilltop settlement of Warwick from Danish invaders.
Its enduring status was set in stone when the castle first took shape on the banks of the Avon, founded by the 'Lady of the Mercians', Ethelfleda
NEAR COMPLETION: The Runcorn-Widnes bridge (later Jubilee Bridge) stands between the Transporter Bridge of 1907 and the mid-Victorian Queen Ethelfleda
railway bridge INSPECTION TIME: If you look very closely you can just make out a workman in orange beginning his long climb to the top of the bridge VIP: Above, Dennis Vosper MP is introduced to Princess Alexandra at opening of Runcorn-Widnes bridge INSPECTION TIME: If you look very closely you can just make out a workman in orange beginning his long climb to the top of the bridge CONVOY: Right, vintage cars join in the celebrations for the Silver Jubilee bridge
7 In the year 913 Stafford was fortified by Ethelfleda
, Lady of Mercia and daughter of Alfred the Great.
The church, one of Warwickshire's hidden gems, has been a site of Christian worship since at least the 10th century and was founded in 917 by Ethelfleda
, daughter of Alfred the Great.
The town's castle, once the home of King Alfred's daughter Ethelfleda
, has stood on its present side for 1,000 years and royal visitors have included Henry II, James I and Charles I.