Kevin and I had planned to go and watch the motor racing at Silverstone today but the prospect of persistent rain lessened its appeal - there are few things less pleasant than standing on a windy airfield in sideways rain! Instead we headed to Kent, to Leeds Castle, a place I last visited in 1994. We were lucky with the weather as we strolled through the gardens and as soon as the rain came in earnest we headed inside the castle for a good look around. There's been a castle on this site since 1119. Over the subsequent centuries it was home to royalty and parliamentarians, eventually ending up in the hands of Lady Baillie, an American heiress. During the last 900 years the castle has been deconstructed and added to many times and what remains now is largely a Victorian construction, with some flourishes added by Lady Baillie during the 1920s. Although I remembered the iconic view of the castle across the moat from my visit in 1994 I had no memories of the interior - I can see I'll have to have a rummage of my old boxes of film photos to see if I took any pictures when I was here before!
Nine hundred years of history
by Helen Hooker April. 15, 2016 3379 views