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Windsor Town lies in the South East of England in Berkshire County. It is most famous for the Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of the British Royal family. It lies on the west bank of the Thames River that creates its border with Eton.

At first, there was an old Saxon town called Windlesora and just two miles north of this place William the Conqueror built his stronghold on a steep chalk hill overlooking the Thames some 900 years ago. Outside the castle walls the first houses were built. The original Saxon town became Old Windsor and the New Windsor grew up beneath the castle walls. As the castle increased in importance, so did the town.. It gained the right to hold a market by 1261 (which is a sign of its status and royal patronage) and was granted borough status by Edward I's charter of 1277. Since the earliest days, the fortunes of the town has risen and fallen with the monarchy’s interest about the castle. In 1917 the Royal Family adopted “Windsor” as their family name.

The population of Windsor is nowadays around 15,000 people. It bears the souvenirs of many eras. The network of cobbled streets behind the Guildhall, called the Guildhall Island contains many 17th century buildings. Park Street is lined with elegant Georgian houses and the Royal Station is a fine example of Victorian civic architecture. On the site of the medieval market cross in the middle of the town now stands the statue of Queen Victoria.

Another attraction that makes Windsor popular is the location of Lagoland. It was built on the site of Windsor Safari Park. It promises an action-packed day of fun to all its visitors. There are seven themed areas offering exciting rides, activities and attractions. It is home to several famous cities and sights of Europe made of more than 20 million lego bricks.

And just three miles south-east of Windsor, on the banks of the winding River Thames, is the famous meadow of Runnymede, where King John set his seal to the Magna Carta in 1215.

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