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Modern Britain

Photobox: Castles of England

by Linda Weeks, 26 February 2019

Leeds Castle is located in East Kent, approximately six kilometres (four miles) to the south-east of Maidstone. It can be reached via Junction 8 of the M20 motorway, or by train to Bearsted station and then a spring/summer shuttle bus to the castle grounds. The castle began as a Norman stronghold before becoming the private property of six of England's medieval queens and a palace that was used by Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. In the Jacobean period it became a country residence which, in the twentieth century, was a retreat for the nation's rich and famous. Today it is managed by the Leeds Castle Foundation, a private charity with the aim of preserving the castle and its grounds in perpetuity for the benefit of the public.

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Online Sources

Ancient Fortresses

Britain Express

History Hit

Leeds Castle

Richard III Society - American Branch

Samuel Pepys Diary (online edition)




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