Many buildings in the middle of Windsor are protected by law, but you may be surprised to learn exactly which buildings are, or are not, safe for future generations.
Starting down at the Riverside, the Christopher Wren Hotel is as you might expect a listed building. But what is let let’s obvious is that the three buildings directly opposite that is numbers 56, 57 and 58 Thames Street also listed.
The pretty little house at 61 Thames Street currently occupied by the chocolate theatre is also a listed building and a few doors up that gorgeous bell and the Dragon is too. That restaurant was listed in 1950 when it was referred to as the William IV public house. This is a seventeenth Century building with alterations in both the 18th and early 19th centuries. The pub opposite which is now Papa G fast food restaurant was firmerly The Swan public house and this building too is grade 2 listed. This particular building has 16th century or possibly even earlier origins. Numbers 50 and 51 Thames Street are also listed and that’s your lot for that short piece of Windsor Street.
Memorial statues as well as buildings can be listed and the George the Fith memorial on the corner opposite, designed by Sir Edwyn Lutyens is a listed memorial.
Heading off down Datchet Road we find that numbers seven and eight are listed as well as St George’s school and the waiting room of Windsor Riverside station. The old town gate lodge on the Datchet Road just by the mini roundabout (The junction with Romney lock car Park) is also listed. This is where a town gate once stood.
Heading back into town and turning up the hill of Thames Street unsurprisingly there are a number of listed buildings here. 42 to 45, 48 and 41 and opposite them the old bank house and the prince Christian Victor of Schleswig Holstein monument are all listed.
The Theatre Royal is listed grade 2 and was built by Sir William Shipley in 1903. The interior was refurbished following an horrific fire in 1910. Shipley was a former Mayor of the town and there is an oils painting of him on the wall of the Mayors parlour in the Guildhall.
The lovely row of three buildings at 28, 29 and 30 Thames Street are now all restaurants, but if you look up you can see their old frontages are still intact. On the same side of the road and Just across the river Street junction the theme continues with every building between 25 and 18 Thames Street been listed for posterity.
The King and Castle Pub with that great big 20 century frontage is also protected, as are all buildings up to Number 2 Thames Street.
The heart and garter hotel dates from 1890. The beautiful octagonal corner turret makes it stand out and unsurprisingly it is also listed. The central railway station is also listed but surprisingly to telephone kiosks in the concourse or separately marked as of importance for Heritage. They are K6 type kiosks. (if you want one of these for your own house K6 phone boxes currently sell online for around £2500.)
Back onto the High Street Queen Victorias statue which stands approximately where the market Cross used to be is the listed monument and opposite numbers 26, 25,24,23(McDonald Windsor hotel),20,19,18(Castle Hotel) are all protected, as are all buildings on the side all the way down to number 1 High Street.
On the east side of the road The Parish Church of St John the Baptist was built in 1820, from a design by Charles Hollis who also designed Windsor Town Bridge. In the listing documentation they specifically mention the iron interior structural elements.
The bank frontage at 55 the High Street is also protected as is the telephone kiosk on the corner of Saint Albans road and the High Street.
Walking from the High Street down Peascod Street, buildings to our right including number 140 number 135 and 36 and 1341134A on the corner of Prescot Street and Goswell Hill all listed.
A little further down on the other side of the road numbers 27 and 28 Peascod Street are a listed 16th or early 17th century timber framed building.
The old bull inn ( 40 Peascod?) and 33 are both protected while opposite the William Street Junction, 104, 101-103,98 and 93a-94 are all protected.
We will return to this part of town later, but for now let us go back up to the high street. It hardly needs saying that Windsor Castle including all the buildings within the wall which is grade 1 listed.
Numbers One through four of Castle Hill are all listed and number 10 Castle Hill (The horse and groom pub) is too. The frontage is early 19th century, the building behind dates back to the 16th or 17th century.
The imposing Castle Hill house on the corner of Castle Hill and Saint Albans Street is a listed building; a large 18th century townhouse that was refaced in the mid 19th century.
Church Street is one of the prettiest’s streets in the centre of town and it has a number of listed buildings on it. These comprise 12 and 13 Church Street on One side and opposite numbers four, five, six and seven. At the end of the road the church rooms is a building that is also listed. On Church Lane and the Masonic Hall which was Windsors first School is listed, as is the pub at numbers five and seven Church Lane and the restaurant at number three.
Back onto the High Street we find ourselves at the Guildhall which unsurprisingly is a grade 1 listed building dated around 1686 to 1690. It is interesting to note that according to British listed buildings.co.uk The Guildhall was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. They took their information from English Heritage but modern scholars believe that Wren connection to be incorrect. The Guildhall was in fact designed by Thomas Fitch (or Fiddes) and Wren had nothing or very little to do with the building.
Market Cross house, the crooked house next to the Guildhall only warrants a grade 2 listing which seems curious considering how attractive it is. numbers 47 to 50 are all also listed, being timber framed and dating to the sixteenth century.
In part two (coming soon) we will take a look at listed buildings further out from the town centre.
Sources. British listed buildings was my primary source site for which buildings are on the list. Additional notes are culled from a wide variety of sources. If you think I have got anything wrong, or would like to add your own comments please feel free to add omissions or corrections below.