Stone 58

Image of the feature "VI. Loose Sculpture: 25. Questionable identifications: Relief panels with basketweave interlace" at Windsor Castle.

by Ron Baxter.

The retaining wall above the Moat Garden greenhouses incorporates several rectangular blocks with slender angle rolls on their vertical short edges and no mouldings on their horizontal long edges. They appear to be carved with a regular basketweave interlace design that has been rubbed away to a greater or lesser extent.  An alternative explanation is that they are the remains of post-medieval pecking, commonly seen elsewhere at Windsor as a form of rustication, but this seems improbable as the design is very regular and continues to the upper and lower edges of the block, but not to the sides.