More Victorian than mediaeval ...; VISITORS LOVE THE CASTLE BUT IT'S DICKENS' DAY THEY HANKER AFTER.
Staff at Warwickshire's most popular tourist attraction, 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 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 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 it.
William the Conqueror 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 in the 17th and 18th centuries.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||May 21, 1999|
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