Intoku Windsor’s Historical Home
Did you know? Before Intoku Windsor opened in September 2020, the building we now call home had a vast history, and is even a Grade II listed building! In this blog, we’ll be digging deeper into the history of Intoku Windsor’s medieval Church Street home.
Intoku Windsor – A Gruesome Past
Number 7 Church Street was formerly known as Ye Olde King’s Head – the oldest inn in Windsor, which opened its doors during the reign of King Henry VIII in 1525. That’s almost 500 years ago!
There was a lot of grizzly history taking place around that time – some say that the King’s Head is the place Oliver Cromwell and collaborators got together to sign the warrant to behead King Charles I. You may have spotted the plaque above our window, which displays the warrant for Charles’ execution back in 1648. Well now the inn’s name makes sense… Yikes!
There’s even a strong rumour that William Shakespeare himself stayed at the inn, while he was writing his play The Merry Wives of Windsor. We always had him down as a sushi fan!
It’s Not Just Intoku Windsor That’s Steeped In History…
Just a few doors down from Intoku, you’ll find Burford House, which is where King Charles II is believed to have housed his favourite mistress, Nell Gwyn. There was a lot of drama taking place around these cobbles!
A few streets along from us, you’ll find Queen Charlotte Street – the shortest street in Britain at just less than 52 feet.
So now you know – there’s a lot of history behind our lovely little home. I guess that makes us the ultimate sushi restaurant for history buffs!
If you’re looking to enjoy a sushi feast within stunning surroundings, whilst taking in the fact that there’s more to our domain than meets the eye, come and visit us at 7 Church Street.