Windsor Professional Chauffeur

Windsor Professional Chauffeur

windsor professional chauffeur


windsor professional chaufeur provides taxi transport to drive you around Windsor, Luxury Executive Cars are the best and the cheapest option!

Windsor is an incredible city, and you deserve an incredible chauffeur to help you navigate through it. When you book a chauffeur you can count on having someone who isn’t just an amazing professional driver, but also a local expert, your concierge on the road, and much more. That’s how you know it’s a Windsor Chauffeur  — when they go the extra mile to make every journey great. A real Windsor Chauffeur says: “The way that I look at it is, it doesn’t matter if it’s a VIP or if its someone booking a ride for their 16-year-old daughter or 70-year-old grandmother, I am going to treat everybody the same, they are all going to get the best service I can give them, flat-out, hands-down.”

Hire a personal chauffeur by the hour to drive you around Windsor in а full comfort. Make as many stops as you need and return home safely at the end of the night.

If you’ve already driven somewhere Windsor and need to be picked up, request pickup service by web or phone. A team of drivers will come get both you and your car.

If you’re hosting an event or party in Windsor, request teams of drivers to get your guests and their cars home safely.

Luxury Executive Cars offer professional chauffeur service in Windsor

When you require professional chauffeur service in Windsor, make your first call to Luxury Executive Cars. We operate a fleet of recent model year vehicles, employ the best chauffeurs in the city, and display an unwavering commitment to customer service. Our valued clients count on us to get them to their destination on time, conveniently, and without any hassles. Learn what sets us apart from other Windsor car services, and call on us if you are ever in need of a ride.

Trarned and experienced chauffeurs

The quality of a chauffeur has a direct impact on the quality of your travel. That is why we only work with trained and experienced drivers that meet our standards for consistency and safety. Each one of our drivers has at least five years experience providing chauffeur service in Windsor or another metropolitan area. They undergo drug and background screenings and are subjected to a thorough vetting process.

Once they are hired on, they arrive at each client’s pickup location wearing a pressed black suit and prepared to meet any requirement or demand that presents itself. If you need impeccable chauffeur service in Windsor, count on our drivers to provide it without fail.

The right vehicle for the job

The reason that so many people rely on Luxury Executive Cars for everything from corporate travel to event shuttling is we have a vehicle to meet every need. If you need chauffeur service in Windsor, we have a fleet of Saloon Car, Executive Car, Estate Car and MPV to get you wherever you need to go.

Each one of our vehicles is from a recent model year, is carefully cleaned and maintained, and is piloted by one of our exceptional drivers. That makes it easy to get the chauffeur service in Windsor that you’re looking for.

Choose to partner with Luxury Executive Cars

Some of the area’s top companies and best-known executives come to us to provide private car service in Windsor because they know they can rely on us to get all the details right. If you need a single ride, a car and driver for the day, or a regular pickup and drop off, Luxury Executive Cars are prepared to serve your needs, contact us at anytime when you need chauffeur service in Windsor.

Dedworth Airport Transfer

Dedworth Airport Transfer


Safe and Affordable Airport Transfer to & from Dedworth

Affordable Local & National Transfer

Dedworth Airport Transfer


With over 200,000 passengers travelling through airports every day, Luxury Executive Cars well assist you from the start till the end making sure that every thing is looked after. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, we can help make your dedworth airport transfers stress free journey.

Looking for the a Dedworth Airport Transfer Company? Our airport transfer is cheaper than you expect, costing up to 20% less than alternative airport transfer firms.

No need to worry about your airport Transfer pickup location or time, our team well be monitoring your booking from start till the end. you can book your Airport transfer quickly and easily online via our web site, simply use instant booking , up to 12 months in advance.


Dedworth Airport Transfer


Luxury Executive Cars Airport transfer services operates from Dedeworth and surrounding areas to and from All U.K Airports.

Luxury Executive Cars is a leading airport tansfer company in Dedworth. Luxury Executive Cars lives at Dedworth and can provide a fast and efficient dedworth airport transfer.

Luxury Executive Cars will track your flight to see if its early or subject to any delays. If you are booking for a company then just sit back and relax we will look after your clients from when we pick them until we drop them off.


Our Meet and Greet service is stress free when you book a Dedworth Airport Transfer our driver will be in arrivals at the airport with a board showing your name,your clients name or company name on it There is small fee for this service which includes 45 minutes waiting time once the plane has landed.


A curb booking is where the client walks out and meets the driver outside on the designated airport car park. When you book a Dedworth Airprort Transfer you will have a client admin portal to check or amend any details and pay for the service you need by Credit Card, pay pal at no extra cost. You will then receive an invoice to the registered email address. Its that easy.

Check our free airport transfer Fare Calculator and pre-book your taxi transfer today by clicking below and get a fixed fare. You can trust us to give you a first class service.

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Flight Monitoring

We monitor your flight and arrive suitably, so even if your flight is delayed or early we will meet you on time.

Meet and Greet Service

Your chauffeur will meet you in the arrivals hall with a name-board, dressed in a suit and tie. You will also have his mobile number.

Free 45 Minute Wait

We offer 45 mins free waiting time after the flight has landed. Your vehicle will also have complimentary Wifi, water and newspapers up on request.



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Select the car that suits your budget and your travel needs. All online prices are fixed with no hidden cost and include 20% VAT.

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Please provide us full details of your trip including date & time, flight number, request a child seat or any other special request you may have.

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3D secure payment powered by Worldpay. All major debit and credit cards accepted, including Amex at no extra cost.

Booking Confirmation

Instant booking confirmation directly to your inbox. Chauffeur details are emailed to you the evening before travel or 2 hours prior pick up.

Our meet points at the airport

Pick-up LocationMeeting Points

Heathrow Terminal 1

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of Costa (coffee shop)

Heathrow Terminal 2

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of WHSmith (Blue, Stationary shop)

Heathrow Terminal 3

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of WHSmith (Blue, Stationary shop)

Heathrow Terminal 4

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of Costa (coffee shop)

Heathrow Terminal 5

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of Costa (coffee shop)

Gatwick North Terminal

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

Gatwick South Terminal

Free waiting time: 45 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

Stansted Airport

Free waiting time: 30 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

Luton Airport

Free waiting time: 30 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

London City Airport

Free waiting time: 15 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

Southend Airport

Free waiting time: 30 minutes

* At the arrival gate barrier or in front of airport information desk

Windsor Airport Transfer Services

Windsor Airport Transfer Services

Luxury Executive Cars are specialists in providing Windsor Taxi and Windsor airport transfer Services that are quick, reliable and competitive. We cover all major airports including London Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, and London City airport. Windsor Airport Transfer Services are also known for its reliable Taxi service.

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luxury executive cars sole objective is to provide a complete experience that our clients can rely on. We use primarily Merecedes Benz cars for all the clients offering comfort, style and safety.

Any Group Size, Any Distance.

Our aim is to offer market-leading airport transfers & airport taxi services. We will do this by delivering outstanding and unique services in every area of our business, ensuring that all our customers from large companies to individuals are enjoying thier ride with Luxury Executive Cars.

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Airport Transfers

Luxury Executive Cars provides airport transfer services and airport taxi services to and from all major airports and cities.

City Tours

Luxury Executive Cars Private Taxi Tours well entertain you with enjoyable journeys filled with fun, culture and gastronomic.

Taxi & Minicab Services

Whether you need a private taxi or minicab for a night on the town, a medical appointment, trip out for groceries or ride to the local train station, your number one choice is Luxury Executive Cars. When it comes to taxi & minicab services,


Need something delivered quickly, safely and securely?

Luxury Executive Cars well do it for you. There are times when last minute deliveries cannot be serviced by regular post or standard courier companies.


Luxury Executive Cars, National Transfer Service ensures you travel in one of our high class vehicles. Our aim is to provide you with a safe, punctual and efficient service 24 hours a day at the highest possible standards.

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Luxury Executive Cars developed a service that eliminates the worries of arranging transport for clients and business partners. 


Luxury Executive Cars developed a service that eliminates the worries of arranging transport for clients and business partners.

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Luxury Executive Cars developed a service that eliminates the worries of arranging transport for clients and business partners.


Company Team Outings

Luxury Executive Cars developed a service that eliminates the worries of arranging transport for clients and business partners.

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We use primarily Merecedes Benz cars for all the clients offering comfort, style and safety.

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The elegant and eloquent E-Class offers the comfort and the reliability in driving technology provides for safe secure and relaxed journey.

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The luxurious and lavish S-Class represents class from every angle and will guarantee a bold statement of sophistication , style and taste for the finer things in life upon arrival.

Client Testimonials

Great service, friendly, and very helpful. I had couple of issues, the driver was very good dealing with it, very relax. Car very clean and comfortable! Cheaper than other company around. Recommended, especially for long journey or airport trips

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Very good service great price on time just perfect. I well very much recomand luxury executive cars .

Angela Amuso

I was very impressed with the service I received. The car was immaculate, the driver was charming and we had a very smooth journey. I will definitely use this company again. 5 star service !

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a taxi from Heathrow to Windsor?
A Taxi Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Windsor  will take approximately 30 minutes. The Heathrow Airport transfer to Windsor will cost approximately 28 GBP for an E-CLASS MEREDES BEZ CAR.
How much is a taxi from Heathrow to Legoland Windsor?
The quickest way to get from London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to Legoland Windsor is by taxi which costs £30 – £35 and will takes approximately 35 – 40 min.
How do I organize my airport transfers?
How to book a transfer to or from the airport?
  1. Fill in the booking form on top of the page.
  2. Choose one of our reliable taxi cars.
  3. Add extra options to your booking, for example a baby seat or meet & greet with the driver.
  4. Fill in your contact details and choose an online and safe payment method.
Is Windsor Castle worth visiting?
The town is very compact; the castle is worth seeing, but you *could* spend half a day here, or you could spend almost all day if you include a walk over the river to Eton and a trip on the river aswell.

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Windsor Taxi & Minicab services

Whether you need a taxi or minicab for a night out in windsior town, a medical appointment, trip out for groceries or ride to the local train station, your number one choice is Luxury Executive Cars. When it comes to taxi & minicab services, We serve a Windsor, Old Windsor, Datchet, Wraysbury, Sunnymeads, Slough, Eton, Bray, Fifield, Warfield, Legoland, Dedworth, Oakley green, Holyport, Maidenhead and Ascot. To learn more about our services please contact us with any questions that you might have. We are always happy to welcome new customers so they can also experience a great relaxing, stress free service when travelling with Luxury Executive online.

A Brief History of Windsor

A Brief History of Windsor

A Brief History
of Windsor

Prehistoric Times

There are signs that the Thames Valley has been inhabited from the very earliest times. Paleolithic Man has lived here since the ice ages, hunting on the river banks. Examples of his weapons have been found during recent excavations and where gravel extraction has taken place. Areas of gravel extraction are primarily upstream of Maidenhead and on the northern areas of the valley, in Buckinghamshire. Animal remains that have been discovered over the years include mammoth, rhinoceros, aurochs, (a horned cow-like creature), as well as deer and horses. Remains have been found during excavation work for the Cavalry Barracks in St Leonards Road in 1867, later to be known as Combermere Barracks, and in Peascod Street in 1958, in Park Street in 1962 and on the site of the original swimming pool at Clewer in the early 1960s.
Following the Ice Age forests began to grow and human habitation continued with examples of flint ‘picks’ and bone ‘axe-hammers’ found in the river. A small collection of palstaves (axes) were found near Bishopsgate in Windsor Great Park in the 1860s, which are believed to be Bronze Age, plus the remains of a dug-out canoe was found in Windsor in 1871, a model of which has been made for display in the, now sadly closed, Windsor Museum. Other artifacts, such as a very fine brooch decorated with an amber and glass beads and dating from about 400BC have been found in the area.

Roman and Saxon Times

The area surrounding Windsor was not a major Roman centre during the Roman occupation although there are examples of pottery, some coins, tiles and two tile-tombs from an excavation in the 1950s at Kingsbury, Old Windsor. There are the remains of a Roman camp on St Leonards Hill where the base of an urn was found.
By Saxon times a Royal Manor had been established at Old Windsor where Great Councils of the Realm were held in the days of Edward the Confessor and William I and II. Excavations between 1951 and 1958 revealed a number of wooden buildings and rubbish pits. The site of a water-mill and its canal was also discovered, the first of this period to be discovered in the UK. These discoveries show that Old Windsor was inhabited from around 700AD and one of the oldest towns in Berkshire at the time.

The Castle

Castle in the early days - artist's impression
The artist’s impression above illustrates how the castle might have looked in its earliest days, constructed on a chalk mound on a bend of the river amidst a barely populated landscape. No claims of historical accuracy are made for this painting (by Michael Vicary).

Windsor(or to be strictly accurate ‘New Windsor’) first came into being around 1070 when William the Conqueror established a fortification on a chalk mound on a bend in the river, two miles from his palace at Kingsbury, Old Windsor.

Before this time the area where Windsor now sits would have been just another hill, possibly downland as it was primarily chalk, on a bend in the river, with perhaps a few simple buildings. There is evidence of a hamlet to the eastern side, known as Orton.
Prior to the Norman Conquest, Edward the Confessor had held court at the Royal Manor at Kingsbury, in what we now know as Old Windsor, until his death in January 1066. Shortly before his death he had transferred ownership of the Manor of [Old] Windsor to the new Westminster Abbey, but later that year, following the Norman Conquest, William the Conqueror issued a charter reading “By the favour of the Abbot of Westminster, I have agreed that Windlesora shall be for the King’s use.”
The proximity to the River Thames was no doubt the prime reason for choosing the area, the waterway being the main highway to London to the east. In addition, the extensive Windsor Forest offered excellent hunting and William chose to live there until his death in 1087.
The name of Windsor derives from Windlesore, or ‘Winding Shores’ where boats were pulled by windlass (‘windles’) up the river. As with all such names that date back many centuries, there are other claims as to the derivation of the name. It has also been thought that the name derived from ‘winding’ meaning ‘meandering’ shores. A third school of thought stemmed from the belief that the name derived from ‘a sore wind’ referring to the wind that blew across the mound upon which the Castle was built but this fails on chronological grounds.
So a Royal connection with this area has existed for more than 1000 years, even before the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the subsequent construction of the first fortifications that subsequently became the Castle as we know it today. Initially the fortifications would have been merely ditches and wooden palisades around Clewer Hill as the original site of the castle was known. Indeed, the tower known today as The Curfew Tower, was originally known as The Clewer Tower. The area of Clewer dates back to Roman times also, the Latin name being Clivore. The present Parish of Clewer is divided into two parts, Clewer Within, i.e. the town of Windsor, and Clewer Without, the area to the west of the town.  
After the Norman Conquest, William I built a ring of fortresses within one day’s march of London, of which Windsor is undoubtedly the finest. The site was chosen for its height, some 100 feet above the river, and its proximity to other castles that William had constructed to the west of London, at Berkhamstead and Guildford. Other castles were built in Ongar, Hertford and Pleshy to the north, Rayleigh and Rochester to the east and Tonbridge and Reigate to the south. The concept of castles was unknown to the Saxons and was part of William’s plan to ensure the permanence of the conquest.
The Castle has been a royal residence since 1110 when Henry I began using it, transferring from the earlier court in Old Windsor. In 1121 Henry married in the Castle Chapel, his Queen being consecrated and crowned there. With the coming of the court, the castle developed further, and the original wooden structures were replaced by stone in the period from 1173 to 1179, together with the characteristic rectangular towers.
Windsor Castle has only rarely seen any action. There had been a siege in 1193 when, whilst he was on Crusade, Richard Coeur de Lion’s brother, John, attempted to seize the crown. The Church Judiciary of the day, headed by the Archbishop of Rouen, elected not to oppose this usurper, but others decided that John should be ousted and he was besieged for almost two months after which John surrendered.
Twenty three years later, when John was legitimately king, he was forced to accede to the demands of the Barons by the sealing of Magna Carta, at Runnymede, in 1215. Yet this was not implemented to the Barons satisfaction so, just one year later, in May 1216, French forces landed to help the Barons in their dispute with King John. A siege at Dover Castle took place in June, and a few days later the Barons arrived at Windsor. John was not in residence, he was at Corfe Castle on the south coast, leaving the defence of Windsor to Engelhard de Cygony, the Constable of the Castle. The attacks lasted for nearly three months when the besieging forces chased John’s army into East Anglia. John died during that pursuit, they say from ‘a surfeit of peaches and beer.’
 Tighe and Davis, in their history ‘Annals of Windsor’ (1858) describe the siege of Windsor as follows:


The besiegers, having arranged their engines, made a fierce assault on the walls. The castle was stoutly defended, and the barons gained little or no advantage.
“They were long there, but did little, and were in great jeopardy. The besieged made many fierce sallies, twice cutting the beam of their perriere (the name given to the engine for throwing large stones, the greater part of which consisted of a long beam). A knight of Artois, called William de Ceris, was killed, lamented by few, for he was hated much.”
In the meantime, the king, finding his enemies occupied with the sieges of the two castles of Windsor and Dover, availed himself of the opportunity to pillage and lay waste the estates of the barons. He was at Reading on the 7th of September, and came so near Windsor that the besiegers expected a battle. The Welshmen, approaching by night, shot at them with their arrows. The besiegers remained armed a long time, prepared for the fight, but none occurred, the king withdrawing.
After remaining a week at Sonning, he proceeded to Wallingford and Cambridge. The barons, hearing of the king’s movements, and not making any progress at Windsor, determined, under the advice of the Count de Nevers, to raise the siege, and cut off the king’s retreat. They left their tents at night, and marched with all haste towards Cambridge. The king, being apprized of their movements, moved to Stamford and Lincoln.
It was rumoured that the Count de Nevers had been bribed by presents from John to raise the siege of Windsor. Be that as it may, the barons did not return to the siege, but finding the king had escaped them, returned to London, and then joined Louis at Dover.
Windsor consequently remained in the hands of the king’s friends.

By 1217 the castle and surrounding dwellings must have been in a sad state of repair following the ravages of the besieging armies, their siege engines, their raids for food, and the inevitable fires. The residents of the town would almost certainly have taken shelter within the castle, helping to defend it, and providing a source of food to some extent, from their live stock such as pigs and sheep. However, it was not until the year 1230, some thirteen years later, that Henry’s grandson, Henry III built a ‘curtain wall’ and three drum towers to the west beyond the line of the original Norman fortifications. Henry also built royal apartments in the Upper and Lower Wards, now occupied by the State Apartments and Canon’s Cloisters respectively. It was at this time that Henry built a Chapel dedicated to Edward the Confessor, later to become St George’s Chapel in 1348. The present St George’s Chapel was started in 1475 by Edward IV as he wished Windsor to be the centre of his dynasty, with royal burials taking place there. The chapel was not completed for over 50 years until the reign of Henry VIII, in 1528.
With these building works by Henry III, the Castle was now a substantial and influential royal residence, one of the finest in Europe, and by their very imposing existence, effective in keeping law and order. Windsor too would have prospered in the ensuing peace. Windsor maintained its position as the prime Royal Residence and in 1239 the Queen, Eleanor of Provence, gave birth to her first child, the future Edward I. The Castle saw more building and extension work to provide Edward, now with a younger sister, Margaret (b. September 1240), a courtyard in which to play. The community of the Castle would have been quite substantial, with courtiers and their families, and the many workers that a large royal residence would have required.
Windsor was not always thereafter the residence of choice. Edward himself, when he became King Edward I, apparently stayed at Windsor only on a few occasions each year. But these were major occasions, tournaments in the Park, military exercises, feasts and jousts.
 The military tournaments at Windsor gave rise to The Most Noble Order of the Garter in 1348, during the reign of Edward III, which was celebrated by feasting and jousting. Knights of the Garter are also known as Military Knights to this day. For over 600 years new Knights of the Garter have been invested annually at The Garter Service, which takes place in St George’s Chapel in mid June. St George’s Chapel itself was started in 1475 by Edward IV with the final stone vaulted ceiling completed by his son-in-law, Henry VII, by 1528. The Chapel is one of the finest examples of Perpandicular Gothic, the late medieval style. Ten sovereigns are buried at St George’s.

Early Castle print

An early illustration of Windsor Castle, showing the wooden bridge to Eton, St George’s Chapel, top right, and the State Apartments to the left.

The Town

As the castle grew, so did the town. Edward I made Windsor a Free Borough and granted the town its first Charter in 1276 at which time New Windsor was the county town of Berkshire. In 1314 however, as Windsor’s location at the far eastern end of the county was considered too inconvenient, the distinction was transferred to Reading.
From the days of Edward I, until the Parliamentary Representation Act of 1918,Windsor was a Parliamentary Borough. Its right to send two representatives to the House of Commons was exercised (with the exception of a considerable period between the reigns of Edward II and Henry IV) until the Reform Act of 1867 deprived it of one of its members. In order to retain a sufficiently large population to justify this one remaining member, other parts of Clewer, as well as Eton were added into the Parliamentary Constituency. With the new Act of 1918, Windsor no longer had its own MP. By the end of the nineteenth century, the constituency now included Maidenhead also.
  The town around the Castle has remained small for a number of centuries, development of land to the east and south being prevented by the surrounding Crown land that comprises the Home Park and Windsor Great Park. Also, Eton College land to the north was similarly unavailable for expansion and land alongside the river, regularly flooded, would not have been appropriate for the construction of homes or factories. In the late 1840s there was a major reorganisation of the lands around the castle to the east, where previously enclosed areas were opened up to become The Home Park, while to the south of the new Datchet Road and Victoria Bridge, public access was no longer possible.

Thames Street in the late 1840s

The buildings to the left were removed in the late 1840s and the Bell Tower altered to the ‘Pepper Pot’ design we know today.

The Curfew Tower and Thames Street
The Curfew Tower (Bell Tower) in 2000
The town began to change faster in Victorian times when a significant number of terraced houses were constructed in areas to the south and around to the west of Windsor. Semi-detached homes, described as ‘villas’ in Victorian times, were also built together with some more substantial homes for the ‘well to do’. This significant growth in housing is probably due to the arrival of the railways in Windsor in 1849 which permitted convenient access to London. In the early 1900s slum dwellings in Bier Lane (now River Street) were removed at the same time as Barry Avenue and the river promenade was created. Further slums were removed in the late 1920s to create the River Street Car Park.
The Goswells, at the foot of the castle to the west were created after a slum clearance scheme using a fund set up in 1910 to purchase the land and thereby protect the view of the castle from the west. This area is now in the care of the National Trust. In 1902-3 Alexandra Gardens were created beyond The Goswells, now an attractive open area adjacent to the river promenade at Barry Avenue.

The Goswells A R Quinton
The Goswells and Curfew Tower by A R Quinton in the early 1900s
The Round Tower from Alexandra Gardens

Alexandra Gardens, looking east towards The Goswells and the Castle

In recent years new estates have been built to the west, initially after World War Two, and later in the 1960s and 1970s. At the same time, some of the original terraces closer to the town centre were lost in the 1960s when the unattractive Ward Royal was built.

Windsor Bridge

A bridge to Eton has existed since 1268 or before, but being wooden, fell often into disrepair. The present bridge, an early cast iron and stone structure, was completed in 1824. After over 140 years, when horse and carts had for many years been superseded by cars, lorries and double decker buses, the bridge was finally deemed unsafe, and was closed to all vehicular traffic. Our Windsor History section features two articles about Windsor Bridge and the Bridges Downstream of Windsor.

Windsor Bridge, looking east, downstream

Windsor’s Two Train Stations

As a Royal Town, Windsor attracted the attentions of both the Windsor, Staines and Richmond Railway Company, (subsequently the Southern Railway Company), and Brunel’s Great Western Railway, each vying with the other for Queen Victoria’s patronage, and both providing a Waiting Room at their respective stations, though if either believed that Her Majesty would be prepared to wait for one minute, they were mistaken!
The Royal Waiting Rooms still exist, one in the Central Station (serving the Great Western main line at Slough on the Paddington, London to Bristol line), and one in Datchet Road adjacent to the Southern Region, Windsor and Eton Riverside, which connects with Waterloo Station in London.
The railways arrived within months of each other in 1849. Brunel’s line from Slough being on raised arches across the river, rising up to the town centre, while the Southern Railway approached from the east, through Crown land, the station as we know it today being completed in 1851.

Central Station - Waiting Room
Queen Victoria’s Waiting Room (centre) under the roof of the Central Station, the Great Western Railway terminal from Slough and Paddington.
Windsor and Eton Riverside Station

The Southern Railway station at Windsor Riverside, connecting with Waterloo Station in London

Windsor Riverside Royal Waiting Room
The Royal Waiting Room to the south side of Windsor Riverside Station
The arrival of the railways made Windsor far more accessible from London and elsewhere, and so began the increase in tourism and day-tripping to the town and to the open areas of The Brocas (below, to the left) where many a fine picnic would be enjoyed, with views of Windsor and the Castle across the Thames, along with opportunities for boating and swimming.

The Thames at Windsor 1900s

Rowing skiffs were the order of the day in the early 1900s plus the odd steam launch.