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Leeds Castle in Kent

The Saxon manor of Esledes was an ideal place for the descendant of one of William the Conqueror’s lords, Robert de Crevecoeur, to fortify and build a castle in 1119.

Leeds castle passed into royal hands in 1278 and became part of the Queen of England’s dower – the settlement widowed queens received upon the deaths of their husbands. Over the course of 150 years it was held by six medieval queens: Eleanor of Castile; Margaret of France; Isabella of France; Joan of Navarre; Anne of Bohemia and Catherine de Valois.

In Tudor times Henry V111 visited frequently, notably with his Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and their entire court on the way to the tournament of the Field of Cloth of Gold, which took place in France in 1520. Henry’s son King Edward V1, granted the castle to one of Henry’s courtiers for his services.

Since then it has been in private ownership.

Leeds Castle today

The castle you see today is the result of over 900 years of alterations and changes. It has Norman foundations; a Medieval gatehouse; the Gloriette, built by Edward 1 and updated in Henry V111’s times; a Tudor tower; a 19th century country house – all of which were substantially refurbished in the 20th century.
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