The Dean and Canons' Houses of St George's Chapel, Windsor: An Architectural History [Hardback]

John Crook (Author)

ISBN: 9781789258653 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 240p, H280 x W216 (mm) Colour

The Dean and Canons' Houses of St George's Chapel, Windsor


The College of St George at Windsor Castle was founded by Edward III in 1348 to support the newly created Order of the Garter, and to this day fulfils the same primary purpose. The domestic buildings provided for the Warden, Canons and Priest-Vicars – now the Deanery and Canons Cloister – are an astonishing survival: despite enlargement and alteration over the centuries, a significant amount of the mid-fourteenth-century fabric survives, though often hidden from view. A recent programme of refurbishment and conservation revealed much hitherto unknown evidence for the way the buildings were constructed, their fittings and decoration and their subsequent evolution. The author maintained a continuous ‘watching brief’ throughout the refurbishment works, the results of which are published here for the first time.

The archaeological evidence is supplemented by the excellent survival of documentation, both for the initial construction of the buildings and their subsequent development: we know the precise date of each stage of construction, the cost and even the names of the workmen involved. The post-medieval history of the buildings is also highly significant, and for this period we have the benefit of knowing more about the deans and canons who influenced the ways their dwellings developed, and of a continued wealth of documentary evidence.

Table of Contents

The numbering of the houses of Canons’ Cloister
List of abbreviations
1. The castle down to the reign of Henry III
2. The foundation of the College of St George
3. The construction of Canons’ Cloister
4. The Deanery from the 1350s to the Civil War
5. The evolution of Canons’ Cloister down to the Civil War
6. The Civil War to c. 1830
7. From 1830 to the present day

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