Nine hundred years of history

by Helen Hooker April. 15, 2016 3379 views

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!

The famous view across the moat to Leeds Castle, complete with two black swans floating serenely by.

This staircase may look old but was added to the castle in 1925 and brush with wire to make it look aged!

The gardens were beautiful and, had the weather been better, I could have spent hours photographing the streams that meander through them.

The local wildlife is very friendly, especially if they think you might have food. This shot was taken with the equivalent of a 50mm lens and I haven't cropped it at all - that gives an idea how bold they were!

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Larry Nelson 4 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful post!

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Phyllis 4 years, 6 months ago

some remarkable photos

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Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 6 months ago

Thank you for these treasured photographs...

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