Archive for the tag 'Leeds Castle'

8 Comments CherryPie on Feb 7th 2011

This picture is in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall at Leeds Castle. The hall was created for the visit of Catherine of Aragon on 22nd May, 1520 when he was on route  for Dover to embark for Henry’s historic meeting with Francis I of France, known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
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24 Comments CherryPie on Feb 4th 2011

Queen Catherine’s coat of arms, incorporates the three lions of England and the fleurs-de-lys of France, it is lozenge shaped rather than shield-shaped. This signifies that she was a widow.

20 Comments CherryPie on Feb 3rd 2011

This central courtyard dates from the 1280s:
As early as the 14th century, cisterns were installed beneath it, to which water was supplied for the castle from springs in the park.  The yard was totally refurbished in the 1920s by Lady Baillie’s designer Rateau. *

*From the Leeds Castle guide book.

6 Comments CherryPie on Jan 31st 2011

A lone pigeon standing on the Barbican at Leeds Castle. The Barbican was built in the 1280s and served as an initial line of defence for the bridge crossing the moat to the gatehouse.

The system of water defences was developed to its full at this time, and the Barbican was linked to the mill [...]

22 Comments CherryPie on Jan 28th 2011

Leeds Castle was listed in the Doomsday Book as a Saxon manor and has played many roles since then.  It has been a Norman stronghold; private residence of six of  six of England’s medieval queens; a palace used by Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon; a Jacobean country house; a Georgian mansion; [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Jan 25th 2011

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