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More Victorian than mediaeval ...; VISITORS LOVE THE CASTLE BUT IT'S DICKENS' DAY THEY HANKER AFTER.



BRITONS would rather return to Victorian times than any other era, according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 a major survey carried out at Warwick Castle Warwick Castle (grid reference SP284648), overlooking the River Avon, lies in the town of Warwick of the English county of Warwickshire. It is traditionally associated with the earldom of Warwick, one of the oldest in England. .

Staff at Warwickshire's most popular tourist attraction Noun 1. tourist attraction - a characteristic that attracts tourists
attractive feature, magnet, attractor, attracter, attraction - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees"
, which has been around for 1,000 years, decided to carry out the research as a millennium project.

Alison Hartin, head of marketing at the castle, said: ''Whilst our visitors are interested in dates and what happened when, what they really want to know about are the social aspects of history - what it was actually like to live and work hundreds of years ago.

''So we decided to find out more about people's attitude to the past thousand years and whether we would secretly like to step back in time.''

Nearly half of the people polled on 1,000 years of British history claimed they would plump for Victorian values if they could indulge in time travel.

Just under 60percent of men confessed to dreaming of sporting a suit of shining armour, while a similar number of women revealed they would love to wear a crinoline, although they were happy to avoid corsets and powdered wigs.

Not surprisingly, the object of least desire was the chastity belt, which was rejected by 46percent of women and 35 per cent of men.

A quarter of men revealed they would like to have lived in mediaeval me·di·ae·val  
adj.
Variant of medieval.


mediaeval
Adjective

same as medieval

Adj. 1.
 times, but that epoch was popular with only 10percent of women.

As for the greatest invention of the past millennium, immunisation emerged as the clear favourite, with the printed press in second place.

Despite hankering after the past, the overwhelming majority of people believed they had never had it so good, with all aspects of modern life deemed better than before except one - stress.

More than half the people quizzed said they felt life was more stressful now than at any other time in the past.

More than 950 people from throughout the country took part in the survey last month.

Filling gaps of history

THE survey also found t that many of the 800,000 people who the castle's famous drawbridge drawbridge: see bridge.  every year are unaware of its dramatic past and 1,000 years of secrets, stories and legends.

They did not know that:

In 914, Alfred the Great's daughter Ethelfleda claimed the land that is now occupied by the castle and fortified fortified (fôrt´fīd),
adj containing additives more potent than the principal ingredient.
 it.

William the Conqueror William the Conqueror: see William I, king of England.  moved in in 1068 because of its excellent defensive position on a hill and fortified it further.

In the 14th and 15th centuries the imposing towers were built - the tallest is Guy's Tower, at 128ft.lSir Fulke Greville, who was granted the castle by James 1, was murdered by his servant in 1628

The castle was transformed into a splendid country home with state rooms and a state dining room The State Dining Room is the larger of two dining rooms on the State Floor of the White House, the home of the president of the United States. It is used for receptions, luncheons, and larger formal dinners called State Dinners for visiting heads of state. The room seats 140 guests.  in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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Author:Ewing, Richard
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 21, 1999
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