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Computer Visualisation of Dudley Castle c1550
A Virtual Tour by Royal Appointment
This information centres on a 'Virtual Tours' experience that was in use in the visitor centre in the remains of Dudley Castle in England. The project itself is a little old now having been opened by HM the Queen in June 1994, but there still seems to be a lot of interest in it, and much of these details are still pertinent.
The system itself was in use from 1994 through until 2005.
A Little History of the Castle.
Dudley Castle lies in the heart of The Black Country, in the West Midlands, England.

During the middle of the 16th Century John Dudley Duke of Northumberland commissioned the build of a range within the castle by Sir William Sharrington. This was the palatial home of John Dudley who was at the time one of the most powerful men in England. Indeed upon the death of Edward the Sixth (son of Henry the Eighth) it was Dudley who had the throne devised to his cousin Lady Jane Grey. The reign lasted only days before Mary Tudor became Queen Mary the First. John Dudley and Lady Jane Grey were beheaded in the Tower of London.

View a video introduction to the Virtual Tour
For more information on the history of Dudley Castle read this book..
An Illustrated Chronicle of the Castle and Barony of Dudley 1070 - 1757
by John Hemingway (ISBN 978-0-9553438-0-3)
Computer Visualisation of the Castle
The Sharrington Range

Built by Sir William Sharrington for John Dudley, The Duke of Northumberland.
A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
Computer Visualisation of the Great Hall
The Great Hall

Looking West towards the raised Dais where His Lordship would sit and hold court.
A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
Computer Visualisation of the Great Hall

Canopy of State

Here the Lord would sit and look out upon his petitioners seated around the massive oak table.

A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
Computer Visualisation of the Chapel
The Chapel

A private place of prayer next door to his Lordships' chamber.
A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
Computer Visualisation of the Kitchen
The Kitchens

In the 16th Century this was a state-of-the-art workplace.
A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
Computer Visualisation of the Servery
The Servery

Wine and Ale from here would accompany the food up the steps and through into the Great Hall.
A modern day view of the Castle Ruins
The Royal Entourage and Civic dignitaries
H.M. The Queen

Opening the Visitor Centre in 1994 and experiencing the first real Virtual Tour.
The Queen having a go
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