Could you live in a wonky 425-year old house that has a secret tunnel to the famous Windsor Castle? Love this daft as a box of frogs story...and this shot by @lizzabetzs
...even the name of the place is pure brilliance... Ladies and Gentlemen.... May I present: "The Crooked house of Windsor!"
It was built in 1592 at the edge of the town’s market square and was originally named Market Cross House. In 1687, the town council ordered the house to be demolished in order to make way for the neighboring Guildhall. A land dispute erupted over the lot and the council was eventually ordered by the court to rebuild the dwelling in its original spot. The house was re-built with haste, and possibly without care, using unseasoned green oak wood. When the wood dried, the house buckled but it stood its ground. Since then Market Cross House became known as the Crooked House of Windsor.
But the intrigue doesn’t end with the slanted floors & walls. Multiple reports state that the basement housed a secret passage to Windsor Castle – the Royal Family’s official residence. The clandestine tunnel was allegedly used for rendezvous between naughty King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwyn. Naughty sausage!
Now they say the passage’s “official” purpose was to be a supply hauling tunnel for the Castle’s kitchen – moving fresh produce from the market. This was back before automobiles, refrigeration and electricity. But which do you believe? Let me know below! Great shot by @lizzabetzs
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