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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Carisbrooke Castle

Historic Carisbrooke Castle is located in the village of Carisbrooke, near Newport, on the Isle of Wight. King Charles I was imprisoned at Carisbrooke Castle in the months leading up to his trial and subsequent execution in 1649. A museum on the premises describes how he tried to escape from the castle in 1648, but was unable to get through the bars of his window. After his death, his two youngest children were confined in Carisbrooke Castle, and Princess Elizabeth died there.

Carisbrooke Castle, England.

The site of Carisbrooke Castle has probably been occupied since pre-Roman times. The site became an Anglo-Saxon stronghold during the 8th century. Around 1000 AD, a wall was built around the hill in order to defend against Viking raids. Between 1066 and 1086, William FitzOsbern was granted the Isle of Wight, and he probably built the first castle to secure the Isle of Wight for the Normans.

Carisbrooke Castle, England, UK.

The visitor to Carisbrooke Castle can climb the seventy-one steps leading up to the keep which commands a fine view. Domestic buildings, which are mostly from the 13th century, occupy the centre of the castle enclosure. Some of these buildings are in ruins, but the main rooms served as the official residence of the Governor of the Isle of Wight until the 1940s, and they are in good repair. Rooms open to the public include the Great Hall, Great Chamber and several smaller rooms.
 
Carisbrooke Castle, England.

Visitors to the Isle of Wight should also view the nearby Needles and Tennyson Memorial.

Carisbrooke Castle
Castle Hill
Newport
Isle of Wight
PO30 1XY

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Oxford Street Christmas Lights 2015

The Oxford Street Christmas Lights have been turned on again this year.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London

Kylie Minogue flicked the switch as early as November 2 this year from a booth outside Pandora store close to Marble Arch and Selfridges department store to light up London's premier shopping street.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London

The 750,000 LED lights on Oxford Street, which give the impression it is snowing will remain illuminated until January 6, 2014.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, London, UK

Fleur East, Foxes, Gabrielle Aplin and X-Factor winner Ben Haenow performed before the lights were turned on.

Oxford Street Christmas Lights, UK

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