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All about Windsor: Buckingham Palace seeks information from Canadian Public Library

Buckingham Palace has contacted The Windsor Public Library for information on the Ontario city.

The library received a letter from Jonathan Marsden, director of the Royal Collection Trust in London.

The letter revealed new history book on Windsor Castle, scheduled for publication in 2016 is in the works. A chapter will incorporate research and information on settlements around the world that share the Windsor name.

“The Windsor Castle Project certainly sounds exciting and will add to the global thirst for information on the monarchy,” said Windsor Public Library CEO Kitty Pope.

“The Windsor area is full of historical significance in the settlement of North America,” Pope added.

The book will contain 11 centuries of history from the beginning of Windsor Castle to its current use by The Queen.

New research from 11 authors will contribute to the writing of the book which will not only be an authoritative work for historians and scholars but also those who enjoy history, in general.

“Our local history resources are full of interesting and unique information on the period in question and local history librarian Tom Vajdik was happy to provide a response,” revealed Pope.

Below is the submission from the Windsor Public Library. The story comes the 1991 book celebrating Windsor’s centennial, Birth of a City by Carl Morgan.

“Detroit, Michigan, located on the north shore of the Detroit River, was founded in 1701 by Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac. In 1749, French settlers began to build homes and farm on the south shore of the Detroit River. In 1796, British citizens were forced to leave Detroit, which was part of the young United States. Many of them settled in the small Canadian town of Sandwich, which was 3 kilometres downriver from Detroit.

However, the shortest crossing between the US and Canada was the hamlet of Windsor. At first, there was no real name for this area, and it was known by many names, including : The Ferry, the Ferry opposite Detroit, the Sandwich Ferry, the South Side, L’ Assomption Settlement, and Richmond.

In 1835, a prominent citizen subdivided his farm and started to call this new subdivision South Detroit. This name did not sit well with the local residents. On Sept. 6, 1836, a community meeting was called in one of the local taverns to settle “once and for all” a name for the community. The two most popular names being debated were Richmond and South Detroit. There were no records kept of this historic meeting, but historians speculate that there was a tie vote between Richmond and South Detroit. Instead of breaking the tie vote, merchant James Dougall suggested the name Windsor because it reminded many people of “the old country” and thus Windsor got its name. James went on to become mayor of Windsor, and Dougall Road was named in his honour.

Windsor Castle is an official residence of The Queen. Her Majesty uses the Castle both as a private home and as a Royal residence.

Featured photo credit: David Stanley

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