Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline

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The Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline
The History of the site of Warwick Castle covers hundreds of years and many different reigns. This comprehensive Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline has been developed to show the major interesting events which occurred during the various rule of each of the Kings and Queens of England and how these events effected the Earl of Warwick of the time. This comprehensive Warwick Castle Timeline of important and interesting facts and dates is simple to follow and the dates and facts about each of the reigns and the names of the relevant Kings and Queens and the details of the Earls of Warwick are highlighted for ease of reference. All major building events are detailed in the Warwick Castle timeline. Key events of the history of England have also been described within the Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline table.

 
 
 
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  Warwick Castle - Ancient Timeline of Facts, Dates and Events  
       
  79AD Roman fort was established at the site of Warwick by Agricola - the Romans left England in 410AD  
       
  Dark Ages - 425 The Saxons had moved into the Avon valley when the Romans left  
       
  Dark Ages - 584AD The Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia is founded in England  
       
  Dark Ages - 793 The Vikings invade Britain  
       
  Dark Ages - 874 Large parts of Mercia to the east of Warwickshire were ceded to Danish (Viking) invaders  
       
  Dark Ages - 886 The north-eastern edge of Warwickshire, became the boundary between the Danelaw (the kingdom of the Danes) to the east and Mercia to the west.  
       
  Dark Ages - 914 To protect Mercia from the Vikings Edward the Elder, the son of Alfred the Great and his sister Aethelflaed the 'Lady of the Mercians', and daughter of King Alfred the Great, build a Burh at Warwick  
       
  Dark Ages - 1001 The first recorded use of the name Warwickshire  named after Warwick meaning 'dwellings by the weir'. A weir was a fence or wattle built across a stream to catch or retain fish  
       
  1065 The Saxon Sheriff of Warwickshire, prior to the Norman Invasion,  was Thorkell of Arden in Warwick (also referred to as Turkil, Turchil, Thurkell, Turchill ) a Saxon Earl believed to be related to Lady Godiva and the King of Mercia. His emblem was the 'bear and ragged staff'. Thorkell is also referred to as the 'Traitor Earl'  
       
  Warwick Castle Facts, Events, Dates and Timeline - 1000's  
       
  1066 - 1087 William the Conqueror  
       
  1066 The Normans invade England in September 1066 and commence their strategy of building castles. King Harold is killed at the Battle of Hastings  
       
  1067 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey in London  
       
  1067-1069 Thorkell of Arden refused to support King Harold and therefore received the gratitude of William the Conqueror allowing him to retain his lordship and many landholdings in Warwickshire. Under orders from William he constructed a ditch with an entrance gate around the town of Warwick  
       
  1067-1069 Under orders from William the Conqueror, Thorkell of Arden constructs a ditch, with a guarded entrance gate, around the town of Warwick  
       
  1068 The Normans start to build a timber tower in their Motte and Bailey Castles style at Warwick to subdue the Northern Saxon Lords. William the Conqueror uses enforced Anglo-Saxon labour - burh-hot becomes castle work  
       
  1068 William the Conqueror chooses a natural site for Warwick Castle overlooking a river  
       
  1068 The Warwick wooden Motte and Bailey Castle was defended by the River Avon on the South side and by wide and deep ditches on all other sides  
       
  1068 Henry de Beaumont, also known as Henry de Newburgh, (1045-1114) holds the Motte and Bailey castle for William the Conqueror  
       
  1086 The Doomsday Book is completed in England  
       
  1086 Thorkell of Arden, the Traitor Earl was one of only two Englishmen 'holding estates of baronial dimensions directly of the King' in the whole of England covered by Doomsday Book  
       
  9th September 1087 William the Conqueror dies at Saint-Gervais near Rouen, France  
       
  1087 - 1100 William Rufus (son of William)  
       
  1088 William Rufus creates the earldom of Warwick for Henry de Beaumont who changes his name to Henry de Newburgh, (1045-1119). He is appointed as Constable of Warwick Castle. William Rufus also gives him the great estate of Thorkell of Arden thereby betraying the Traitor Earl  
       
  1088 Not only was the title of the Earl of Warwick assumed by successive Earls, but also the Thorkell emblem of the 'bear and ragged staff'  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates -1100's  
       
  1100 - 1135 Henry I (William Rufus' brother)  
       
  1119 Roger de Newburgh became 2nd Earl of Warwick (1102-1153)  
       
  1121 Henry I married Adelicia of Louvain, the "Fair Maid of Brabant."  
       
  1135 - 1154 Stephen (nephew of Henry I)  
       
  1153 William de Newburgh became 3rd Earl of Warwick (1153-1184)  
       
  1154 - 1189 Henry II (grandson of Henry I)  
       
  1184 Waleran de Newburgh became 4th Earl of Warwick (1184-1204)  
       
  1189 - 1199 Richard I (third son of Henry II)  
       
  1190 Richard the Lionheart embarks on the Third Crusade.  
       
  1193 Prince John plots against King Richard  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1200's  
       
  1199 - 1216 John (fifth son of Henry II)  
       
  1204 Henry de Newburgh, became 5th Earl of Warwick (1192-1229)  
       
  June 15th 1215 Signing of the Magna Carta between King John and the Barons at Runnymede.  
       
  October 1215 War breaks out again between King John and the Barons  
       
  1216 - 1272 Henry III (son of John)  
       
    King Henry III was only ten years old when he was crowned but he immediately started on a strategy to reinforce all of the royal castles  
       
  1229 Thomas de Newburgh became 6th Earl of Warwick (1201-1242)  
       
  1242 Thomas de Newburgh left no heirs so his sister Margery Newburgh married John de Plessetis who assumed the 7th Earldom of Warwick in her right  
       
  1260 The wooden castle is replaced by a fortified stone castle. The two main round towers were built at the front of the castle and the Chapel and large hall were built against the south wall  
       
  1263 William Maudit married Alice Newburgh the 6th Earl of Warwick's daughter and assumed the 8th Earldom of Warwick in her right. He had no son and died in 1268  
       
  1263 - 1267 The Barons War. The Barons led by Simon de Montfort force the king to submit to government by council leading to the formation of the English Parliament. William Maudit sides with the King  
       
  1264 During the Barons War Simon de Montfort successfully attacks and lays siege to Warwick Castle  
       
  1268 William Beauchamp (1227-1298) followed his uncle and became 9th Earl of Warwick  
       
  1272 - 1307 Edward I (son of Henry III) also referred to as Longshanks  
       
  1272 - 1307 King Edward I continued the castle building initiated by his father Henry III and, with his chief architect and builder Master James of St George,  built massive Concentric Castles in England, Scotland and Wales.  
       
  1298 Guy de Beauchamp (1272-1315) became 10th Earl of Warwick  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1300's  
       
  1307 - 1327 Edward II (son of Edward I)  
       
  1312 Piers Gaveston held at Warwick Castle prior to his execution  
       
  1315 Thomas de Beauchamp (1313 - 1369) became 11th Earl of Warwick and starts the reconstruction of Warwick Castle  
       
  1324 Roger Mortimer, the first Earl of March, leads the barons in a rebellion against King Edward II. He was incarcerated in the Tower of London but managed to escape to France, followed by his lover, Isabella of France, wife of Edward II and Queen of England!  
       
  1327 The king was forced to abdicate in favour of his young son, Edward III. England was ruled by Mortimer and Isabella who are believed to have arranged the murder of Edward II at Berkeley Castle  
       
  1327 - 1377 Edward III (son of Edward II)  
       
  13th Nov 1312 Edward III was born at Windsor and known as Edward of Windsor  
       
    The reign of Edward III saw the great Chivalric Age and Warwick Castle was the scene of many tournaments, feasts, banquets and processions  
       
  1338 -1342 Edward III pawned the Crown Jewels in order to pay his troops at the start of the Hundred Years War between England and France - the practice was forbidden after his reign  
       
  1346 Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, commanded troops at the battle of Crecy  
       
  1348 - 1349 The terrible Black Death ravaged England killing nearly one third of the population - in London it was much worse and the population almost halved to 30,000  
       
  1356 Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, commanded troops at the battle of Poitiers and was the advisor of Edward III, the Black Prince  
       
  1356 French nobles and troops held as prisoners at Warwick Castle  
       
  1369 Thomas de Beauchamp (b.c.1339 - 1401) is created the 12th Earl of Warwick  
       
  14th August 1369 Edward III died at Windsor Castle 14 Aug 1369  
       
  1377 - 1399 Richard II (grandson of Edward III, son of the Black Prince)  
       
  1381 The Peasants Revolt - The Monarchy was attacked in London by English peasants led by Wat Tyler and John Bull  
       
  1395 Guy's Tower was completed  
       
  1399 John of Gaunt died and King Richard seized his lands. Gaunt's son, Henry Bolingbroke invaded England, whilst Richard was on campaign in Ireland, usurping the throne from the king  
       
  1 October 1399 King Richard II was condemned as a tyrant. He renounced the crown and Henry IV was proclaimed King the next day.  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates -1400's  
       
  1399 - 1413 Henry IV (grandson of Edward III, son of John of Gaunt)  
       
  1399 Henry invaded England while Richard was on campaign in Ireland, usurping the throne from the king  
       
  1401 Richard de Beauchamp (b.1381 - d.1439) became the 13th Earl of Warwick  
       
  1413 Henry IV died suffering from leprosy and epilepsy  
       
  1413 - 1422 Henry V (son of Henry IV)  
       
  1419 The Royal Witch The notorious Dowager Queen of England, Joan of Navarre, was accused by her stepson Henry V of witchcraft and necromancy - she was acquitted  
       
  1413 - 1422 The wars waged during his reign left England deeply in debt  
       
  1422 - 1461 &
1470 - 1471
Henry VI (son of Henry V)  
       
  1431 Richard de Beauchamp, the 13th Earl of Warwick served in France as Captain of Calais and supervises the trial of Joan of Arc  
       
  1439 Henry de Beauchamp (b.1424 - d.1446) became the 14th Earl of Warwick and married Cicely Neville  
       
  1446 Anne de Beauchamp (b.1442 - d.1449), Countess of Warwick had no issue  
       
  1449 Richard Neville (b.1428 - d.1471) married Anne Beauchamp the daughter of Richard de Beauchamp, the 13th Earl of Warwick and assumed the title of the 16th Earl of Warwick in her right  
       
    England enters the period of civil disorder and political instability known as the Wars of the Roses. Richard Neville was a Yorkist, and when he helped Edward IV the son of the Duke of York, to become king he became very powerful  
       
  1460 1460 - The Battle of Wakefield when Richard of York is defeated and killed. Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick (later called the Kingmaker) captures London for the Yorkists  
       
  1461 The battles of Mortimer's Cross and Towton when Richard's son, Edward of York, defeats the Lancastrians and becomes King Edward IV is aided by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick  
       
  1466 Warwick's quarrels with Edward IV begin over the King's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, and Warwwick forms alliance with King Louis XI of France  
       
  1465 - 1470 The mentally unstable and pious Lancastrian King Henry VI and his headstrong and ambitious wife Margaret of Anjou were imprisoned in Warwick Castle  
       
  12th March 1470 Warwick is declared a traitor by Edward IV and forced to flee to France  
       
  6th October 1470 Warwick returns from France and turns Lancastrian when he defeats Edward IV and restores Henry VI to power  
       
  14th April 1471 The Battle of Barnet when Edward IV defeats and kills Warwick the Kingmaker  
       
  22nd May 1471 Henry VI, the last Lancastrian king, was murdered in the Tower of London whilst he was at prayer, he was probably murdered on the orders of Edward IV  
       
  1471 George (b.1449 - d.1478), Duke of Clarence becomes the 17th Earl of Warwick and marries Isabel Neville - he is executed on 18th February 1478 for treason  
       
  1461 - 1483 Edward IV ( youngest son of Edward III )  
       
  1478 Edward Plantagenet (b.1474 - d.1499), 18th Earl of Warwick was the son of the Duke of Clarence and named Plantagenet due to his close relationship with the Royal family and, like his father, he is also executed for treason in 1499  
       
  1478 Warwick castle became the property of the future Richard III, who had married Anne Neville, the youngest daughter of Neville  
       
  1461 - 1483 Edward IV was a notorious womaniser - his affairs led to claims of illegitimacy and ultimately led to the murder of his sons  
       
  1483 Edward V (eldest son of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville)  
       
  1483 The boy king was on his way to his coronation in London but was intercepted by his uncle, and Protector ( who would become Richard III ). Edward was escorted to London and then to the Tower. On the 16th June 1483  he was joined by his brother Prince Richard. The coronation was cancelled.  
       
  1483 The thirteen year old King and his ten year old brother mysteriously disappeared in the Tower after being declared illegitimate. They were believed to have been murdered and are referred to as the Little Princes in the Tower  
       
  1483 - 1485 Richard III (uncle of Edward V)  
       
  June 25 1483 Parliament declared the two little princes illegitimate and, as next in line to the throne, their uncle and Protector, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was declared the true King. The two little princes were never seen again  
       
  1483 Richard III began building the Bear and Clarence towers at Warwick Castle but they were incomplete due to his death  
       
  August 22nd 1485 A Lancastrian rebellion rose against the Yorkist Richard and on  he fell in the Battle of Bosworth Field to Henry Tudor. Richard lost both the throne and Warwick Castle when he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Henry Tudor becomes the owner of Warwick Castle and keeps the castle to himself  
       
  1485 - 1509 Henry VII (grandson of Henry V)  
       
  1485-1509 Henry VII cemented his succession and settled the friction between the Yorkists and Lancastrians by marrying the Yorkist heir, Elizabeth of York  
       
  1499 Edward Plantagenet (b.1474 - d.1499), 18th Earl of Warwick was the son of the Duke of Clarence and a claimant of the throne of England - his title was attained due to his 'treason' for which he was executed. In 1547 this led to the Second Creation of the Earls of Warwick  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1500's  
       
  1509 - 1547 Henry VIII (Henry VII's second son, Arthur married Katherine of Aragon but died at the age of 15)  
       
  1509 King Henry VIII also keeps Warwick Castle to himself ensuring the power and influence of the nobility is contained. Improvements include a new roof for the kitchens, reinforcement of the south front, the building of Spy Tower and an extension to the State Rooms  
       
  1540 Improvements are completed which include a new roof for the kitchens, reinforcement of the south front, the building of Spy Tower and an extension to the State Rooms  
       
  28th January 1547 Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace and was buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor  
       
  1547 - 1553 Edward V (Henry's son by Jane Seymour)  
       
  1547 The Second Creation of the Earls of Warwick The young King restores the title and John Dudley, his chief minister, was created the 1st Earl of Warwick. On Dudley's death the dukedom was forfeit for his treason, but the earldom passed to his son John, and then his other son Ambrose  
       
  1551 John Dudley is given the title Duke of Northumberland which makes him the most powerful noble in England. The young King Edward is sickly and Dudley realises that if the King dies, and either of his sisters take the crown, that Dudley will lose his power and probably his head   
       
  1552 John Dudley plots with the Earl of Suffolk and arranges the marriage of his son, Guildford Dudley, to the Suffolk's daughter, Lady Jane Grey  
       
  May 25, 1553 Guildford Dudley and Lady Jane Grey are forced into marriage  
       
  1553 Edward died of tuberculosis and he left the throne to 'the Lady Jane and her heirs male.' Lady Jane Grey was John Dudley's daughter- in-law  
       
  Monday 10 July - 1553 Lady Jane Grey (Queen for just Nine Days)  
       
  Monday 10th July 1553 Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England  
       
  19th July 1553 Queen Jane was deposed as Queen  
       
  23rd August, 1553 John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was beheaded for treason  
       
  1553 - 1558 Mary (Henry's daughter by Queen Katherine of Aragon)  
       
  1553 - 1558 The eldest daughter of Henry VIII is referred to as 'Bloody Mary' for her persecution of Protestants and political rivals  
       
  February 12, 1554 Lady Jane Grey and her husband Guildford were both executed  
       
  1553 John Dudley (b.c.1528 - d.1554) took the title 2nd Earl of Warwick but died shortly after due to ill health no doubt caused by his nine month imprisonment following his implication in the Lady Jane Grey situation  
       
  1554 Ambrose Dudley (d.1590), 3rd Earl of Warwick.  
       
  1557 The fortunes of the Dudley's rose again when Ambrose Dudley Dudley used his influence to raise an army for King Philip II of Spain against France. In gratitude for his help all of the Dudley estates and Warwick Castle were returned  
       
  1558 - 1603 Elizabeth I (Henry's daughter by Anne Boleyn)  
       
  1563 The Black Death ( Bubonic Plague ) broke out in London  
       
  1564 Ambrose Dudley was created Baron Lisle. His brother Robert Dudley was a great favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and was created Earl of Leicester.  
       
  1572 Elizabeth I visits Warwick Castle  
       
  1590 Ambrose Dudley dies and the earldom of Warwick became extinct until 1618  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Dates, Events & Facts - 1600's  
       
  1603 - 1625 James I of England James VI of Scotland (great-great-grandson of Henry VII)  
       
  1604 James I presented Warwick Castle to Sir Fulke Greville who was a poet and contemporary of Sir Philip Sidney. The castle had stood empty for 14 years and was in a dilapidated state. Sir Fulke Greville spent considerable money on improvements and repairs  
       
  1618 The Earldom of Warwick was created for a third time for Robert Rich (d. 1619), 3rd Baron Rich and referred to as the 1st Earl of Warwick . However, unlike previous holders of the title, the Rich family did not control Warwick Castle  
       
    Warwick Castle remained in the hands of the Greville family who were eventually given the title in 1759  
       
  1619 Robert Rich created 2nd Earl of Warwick (1587-1658) but did not control Warwick Castle  
       
  1625 - 1649 Charles I (second son of James)  
       
  1628 Sir Fulke Greville was murdered by his steward in 1628 in Warwick Castle - he was stabbed to death and is said to haunt the castle  
       
  1628 Sir Robert Greville (c. 1608-1643), am ardent Puritan, became 2nd Lord Brooke and owner of Warwick Castle  
       
  1639 Sir Robert Greville was imprisoned by King Charles I at York for refusing to take the oath to fight for the king and became an active member of the parliamentary party  
       
  1642 Civil war broke out between King and parliament.  
       
  1642 Warwick Castle successfully withstands a siege by Royalist troops  
       
  1643 Sir Robert Greville, a general in the parliamentary army was killed at the attack on Lichfield  
       
  30th January 1649 Charles I was beheaded on a scaffold outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall, London  
       
  1649 - 1659 The Commonwealth under the Cromwells  
       
  7 February 1649 The office of King was formally abolished  
       
  1658 Robert Rich became the 3rd Earl of Warwick (1611-1659)  
       
  1659 Charles Rich became the 4th Earl of Warwick (1619-1673)  
       
  1660 - 1685 Charles II (oldest son of Charles) Royal House of Stuart Restored  
       
  1667 The stables and coach house were built in the outer courtyard  
       
  1669 The Armoury and Private apartments were built  
       
  1673 Robert Rich became the 5th Earl of Warwick (1620-1675)  
       
  1675 Edward Rich became the 6th Earl of Warwick (1673-1701)  
       
  1685 - 1688 James II (brother of Charles II)  
       
  1688 The Catholic James was deposed and replaced by by his Protestant daughter and son-in-law, Mary II and William III, who became joint Sovereigns.  
       
  1689 - 1694 William and Mary - William of Orange (grandson of Charles I) and Mary (daughter of James II)  
       
  1690
Battle of Boyne
The deposed James made one attempt to regain the crown, but his French and Irish forces were soundly defeated at the Battle of Boyne  
       
  1694 - 1702 William of Orange ruled alone after Mary's death  
       
  1695 William of Orange visits Warwick Castle   
       
  1701 Edward Henry Rich became the 7th Earl of Warwick (1697-1721) but did not control Warwick Castle   
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1700's  
       
  1702 - 1714 Anne (sister of Mary)  
       
    The Monarchy showed little interest in the castle  
       
  1714 - 1727 George I (great-grandson of James I)  
       
    The Monarchy showed little interest in the castle  
       
  1721 Edward Rich became the 8th Earl of Warwick (1695-1759) but did not control Warwick Castle. At the death of the eighth Rich Earl, the title became extinct, and was it was granted to Francis Greville, in 1759  
       
  1727 - 1760 George II (son of George I)  
       
  1759
The 4th creation of the
Earls of Warwick.
The 4th creation of the Earls of Warwick. Warwick Castle was already in the hands of Francis Greville (1719-1773)  and he was created 1st Earl of Warwick therefore uniting again the title and castle

 
       
  1759 Capability Brown was employed by Francis Greville to lay out the grounds of Warwick Castle  
       
  1760 - 1820 George III (grandson of George II)  
       
  1763 The state Dining Room is commissioned by Francis Greville  
       
  1773 George Greville was created 2nd Earl of Warwick (1746-1816)  
       
  1786 George Greville had the conservatory built  
       
  1816 Henry Richard Greville was created the 3rd Earl of Warwick (1779-1853)  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1800's  
       
  1820 - 1830 George IV (son of George III)  
       
  26th June 1830 George IV died at Windsor Castle  
       
  1830 - 1837 William IV (brother of George IV)  
       
    William IV continued making additions to the Castle, in particular the Waterloo Chamber  
       
  20th June 1837 William IV (William Henry) died at Windsor Castle  and was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor  
       
  1837 - 1901 Victoria (niece of William IV)  
       
  1853 George Guy Greville created 4th Earl of Warwick (1818-1893)  
       
  1871 Fire damages the Great Hall  
       
  1890 The Countess of Warwick keeps Menagerie. The Mill is converted to an electricity generating plant which provides electric lighting for the castle  
       
  1893 Francis Richard Charles Greville created 5th Earl of Warwick (1853-1924)  
       
  1848 Revolution swept across Europe and in London the Chartist movement delivered a petition to Parliament asserting the rights of ordinary people there were fears (unfounded) that a revolutionary  mob might sweep England  
       
  1901 Queen Victoria was buried at Windsor in Frogmore Mausoleum  
       
  Warwick Castle Timeline of Facts, Events & Dates - 1900's  
       
  1901 - 1910 Edward VII (son of Victoria and Albert)  
       
    Edward continued with small additions to the Castle such as the Processional Staircase from the East Terrace  
       
  6th May 1910 Edward VII died at Buckingham Palace and was buried at St George's Chapel, Windsor  
       
  1910 - 1936 George V (second son of Edward VII)  
       
  1914 - 1918 The First World War  
       
  1917 The British royal family felt the need to change its dynasty name from the German "House of Saxe Coburg-Gotha" and the family name of Wettin. They took their new name from the castle, becoming the House of Windsor  
       
  17th July 1917 Assumed by Royal Proclamation the name of Windsor for his House and family  
       
  1924 Leopold Guy Francis Maynard Greville created 6th Earl of Warwick (1882-1928)  
       
  1928 Charles Guy Fulke Greville created 7th Earl of Warwick (1911-1984). He goes to Hollywood as an actor under the name of Michael Brooke  
       
  20th January 1936 George V died at Sandringham House, Norfolk and was buried St George's Chapel, Windsor  
       
  1936 Edward VIII (son of George V)  
       
  10-Dec-36 The abdication of King Edward VIII following his affair with Wallis Simpson. He renounced the throne for himself and his descendants 10 Dec 1936 which was confirmed by the Declaration of Abdication Act 11 Dec 1936  
       
  28th May 1972 The Duke of Windsor died on 28th May 1972 and was buried in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor  
       
  1936 - 1952 George VI (second son of George V)  
       
  1938 Michael Brooke stars in a Warner Bros film called Dawn Patrol in which he plays a supporting role (Squires) to Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone  
       
  1939 - 1945 The Second World War  
       
  6th February 1952 George V died at Sandringham House, Norfolk  
       
  1952 -   Elizabeth II (daughter of George VI)  
       
  1978 The Earl of Warwick's son, David, sells the Castle to the Tussard's group the company which owns Madame Tussaud's in London  
       
    The Tussard's group carry out extensive restorations to the castle and open it to the public. The Victorian Rose Garden is also restored  
       
    Guy David Greville today holds the title 9th Earl of Warwick and 9th Earl Brooke of Warwick Castle  
       
Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline
The above comprehensive Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline has been developed to show the major events which occurred during the various rule of each of the Kings and Queens of England and each if the Earls of Warwick.

The Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline

The highly detailed Warwick Castle Timeline is simple to follow and the dates and interesting facts about each of the reigns and the names of the relevant Kings and Queens are highlighted for ease of reference. All major building and improvements are detailed in the Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline. Key events and interesting facts about the history of England have also been described within the Warwick Castle timeline. Links have been provided giving access to even more interesting facts and information about events listed in the Warwick Castle Facts and Timeline.
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