|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||51° 29' 4'' N, 0° 36' 13'' W|
51.484372, -0.60355 (Dec Deg)
|County/Second Level Region||Windsor and Maidenhead|
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|Note: The original castle was built in the 11th century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror. He selected this site as it was a natural highpoint to see potential invaders and near the strategic waterway Thames River. Somewhere later in history (I believe I read in the 13th century the original wooden castle was rebuilt where the Middle Ward was a bailey formed around the motte or artificial hill in the center of the ward. The motte is 50 feet (15 m) high and is made from chalk originally excavated from the surrounding ditch. Based on visual observation I would guess that the historic hill was 40 feet lower than the man-made hill built up as seen today to create the defense perimeter.|
A topographic radar image from the internet shows the highpoint by graduated colors and gives the peak of the existing site at elevation 217 feet. The Thames River was given at elevation 62. Personal measurement gives the gain in elevation from the river to the potential natural high point over 100 feet above the river or around 170 feet which would be about 40 to 50 below 217 which is close to the historical fill material placed against the bailey and motte construction.
Nearest highest neighbor is to the SW and the saddle is at around elevation 65. Thus, one can in summer (when public is allowed to climb the mid-ward area) obtain the man-made elevation of 217 feet but the peakbagger allowable elevation of this historical hill is probably closer to the estimated 170 feet. Likely the candidate spot that is publicly accessible that is not likely part of the historic fill is the area is shown by the red circle. Using this as a reasonable candidate spot for the top of the historic strategic summit that the castle was built on prior to the bailey and motte construction.... best guess as the 100 foot prominence elevation form this feature.