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  CastleXplorer - Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle, set in 500 acres of parkland in the midst of the Kent countryside, takes it name not from the city of Leeds but from its first owner, a man named Leed, or Ledian, who built himself a wooden castle in 857.
The first stone castle was built in 1119 on an island in the lake, and was later rebuilt and extended by Edward I, who added a set of outer walls, a barbican and the 'gloriette', a D shaped tower built on the smallest of the two islands in the lake.
The castle was a royal residence for six of England's medieval queens and a palace of Henry VIII.
www.castlexplorer.co.uk /england/leeds/leeds_links.php   (159 words)

Leeds Castle, acclaimed as the most romantic castle in England, is located in south-east England, built on two adjacent island in the river Len.
Leeds Castle was originally a manor of the Saxon royal family possibly as early as the reign of Ethelbert IV (856-860).
He rebuilt much of the castle as it stood at the beginning of his reign, and enlarged it, providing an outer stone curtain round the edge of the larger island, with cylindrical open-backed flanking towers and a square-plan water-gate on the south-east.
www.castles.org /castles/Europe/Western_Europe/United_Kingdom/England/Leeds-Leeds/Leeds.htm   (738 words)

 Leeds Castle - A Great Day Out in Kent, England
Leeds Castle, set on two islands on the River Len in the heart of Kent, has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for over 1000 years.
Visitors are transported through 900 years of the castle’s history; an eclectic mix of period architecture, sumptuous interiors and family treasures waiting to be discovered.
Leeds Castle is not just a museum but also a place where people meet and special events bring the grounds to life.
www.leeds-castle.com /goto.php   (217 words)

 BBC - Kent - Discover Kent - Castles - Leeds Castle
History: The castle was raised in stone on an island by a Norman baron in the reign of William the Conqueror's son, Henry 1, nearly 900 years ago.
After her death, the castle was handed over to the Leeds Castle Foundation whose job it is to preserve and promote the castle and grounds.
Leeds Castle park dates from the early-middle ages, and was designed to enhance the architecture and status of the royal castle at its core.
www.bbc.co.uk /kent/discover_kent/castles_houses/leeds.shtml   (334 words)

 Kent | Leeds Castle
Shrouded in mist, mystery and legend, Leeds Castle rises from its own lake amidst one of England's most picturesque counties; this survivor of 1000 years emerges into the 21st century pre-eminent among the great buildings of the British Isles.
Originally a Saxon fortress, built in AD 857, Leeds Castle was rebuilt in stone by the Normans and later converted to a Royal Palace by Henry VIII.
Leeds Castle is one of the few historic attractions to stay open every day of the year (except Christmas Day and the days of our Open Air Concerts and Grand Fireworks Spectacular).
www.kenttourism.co.uk /en/what_to_see_and_do/attractions/leeds.asp   (225 words)

 Uktravel.com - Castle Guide
The castle was laid siege to and captured and both Baldesmere and the Custellan were beheaded.
Queen Joan was given the castle, but upon Henry’s death she was confined to Pevensey Castle on Charges of witch craft.
Leeds passed through ownership of 2 Kentish families before it became the property of John Culpeper, Charles I’s Chancellor of the Exchequer.
www.uktravel.com /castlecontent.asp?timeID=leeds&offset=60   (833 words)

 Leeds Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The castle and grounds lie to the East of the village of Leeds, which should not be confused with the city of Leeds in Yorkshire.
In 1278, the castle became a royal palace for King Edward I of England and his queen, Eleanor of Castile.
In 1321 King Edward II besieged the castle after his queen was refused admission, and used ballistas, or springalds, to force its defenders to surrender.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Leeds_Castle   (421 words)

 Leeds Castle, History of Leeds Castle, Leeds Castle England, Leeds Castle Tour
Leeds Castle is perhaps the loveliest, most romantic castle in England.
Leeds Castle England has been open to the public since 1976 and is maintained by the Leeds Castle Foundation.
Leeds Castle England may not be as famous as Windsor Castle, or as historically important as Scotland’s Stirling Castle, but its romance and beauty is unrivaled in British castles.
www.destination360.com /europe/uk/leeds-castle.php   (585 words)

 Leeds Castle
A former royal palace begun in the 12th century, Leeds Castle has to be one of the most beautifully situated medieval castles in England, projecting into its natural lake, and surrounded by 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens.
In the 17th century the castle was sold to Sir Anthony St. Leger, whose descendants built an estate house on the largest of the islands in Leeds lake.
The Leeds Castle vineyard was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and after a break of 5 centuries the fruits of the vineyard are once again being used to produce fine wine.
www.britainexpress.com /counties/kent/castles/leeds.htm   (767 words)

 Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in England and is often referred to as 'the loveliest castle in the World'.
Leeds Castle has a chequered history which moves from its construction as an earthwork enclosure with wooden pallisades to a Motte and Bailey castle in the style of a Donjon by William the Conqueror to a fortified stone fortress built by King Edward I (r.1272-1307).
Leeds Castle consists of two huge piles of buildings which with a strong gate-house and barbican form four distinct forts, capable of separate defence should any one or other fall into the hands of an enemy.
www.castles.me.uk /leeds-castle.htm   (1040 words)

 Eupedia : England Guide - Kent - Leeds Castle
Leeds Castle was first opened to the public when Lady Baillie, the last owner of the castle, died in 1974.
Leeds Castle is open daily from 11am to 5pm from April to October, and 10:15am to 3pm the rest of the year.
Admission to the castle and park is £10.50 for adults, £9 for senior ctizens and students, and £7 for children.
www.eupedia.com /england/leeds_castle.shtml   (459 words)

 Leeds Castle - England - Gardens, Parks, Squares and Open Spaces - Presented by PlantsGalore.Com
The castle passed into private hands in the 17th century and, Lady Baillie, established the Leeds Castle Foundation in the 20th century.
The Leeds Castle vineyard was mentioned in the famous Domesday Book which was a survey of all property in the year 1086.
Leeds Castle is an excellent combination of history and horticulture.
www.plantsgalore.com /gardens/uk/UK_Leeds-Castle-2002.htm   (230 words)

 Leeds Castle, Kent
The Castle eventually capitulated and the owners, the Badlesmere family, were all sent to the Tower.
Once she had died and the Castle passed to Edward III he undertook another session of "beautifying" the Castle.
Leeds Castle is open throughout the year and hosts a number of special festivals, perhaps the most spectacular of which is the Leeds Balloon Festival.
www.r-l-p.co.uk /leeds.html   (381 words)

 Destinations UK - Leeds Castle, Kent England
Leeds Castle is often referred to as the "Castle of Queens, Queen of Castles".
The last owner of Leeds Castle was the indomitable Lady Baillie who bought the castle in 1926 and employed French interior designers to transform her new home.
Leeds Castle (not near Leeds, West Yorkshire as you might think but in Kent) is situated 4 miles east of Maidstone, off Junction 8 of the M20 motorway, just 1¼ hours from London, 30 minutes from the Channel Tunnel and Channel Ports.
www.historic-uk.com /DestinationsUK/LeedsCastle.htm   (503 words)

 Pelco In Action - Splendid Leeds Castle Impressed with Pelco Esprit
The Leeds Castle, most appropriately known as "The Loveliest Castle in the World" as expressed by Lord Conway, was originally built in AD 857 as the royal manor of the Saxon Family.
This fascinating castle and its 500 acres of lush green parkland and beautiful gardens is set on two lake islands located near Maidstone in the heart of the picturesque county of Kent in the southeastern region of the United Kingdom.
At her death in 1974, Lady Baillie bequeathed the castle to the Leeds Castle Foundation, which is entrusted with protecting the unique character of the castle within its peaceful setting.
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 Castle Duncan Forums > Leeds Castle, Kent
Visitors to Leeds Castle in Kent have been told they will not be affected by a £250,000 regeneration project spanning the next four months.
Lady Baillie, the castle’s last private owner, first used it in the 1920s as a schoolroom for her daughters’ early education.
Castle heritage manager Nic Fulcher said: “Careful handling, cleaning and inspection of the books is essential for their preservation, not only as objects of virtue, but for the information and history they contain.
www.castleduncan.com /forum/lofiversion/index.php/t599.html   (1199 words)

 Leeds Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Leeds Castle is a beautiful castle in the southern part of England.
The castle was begun in 1119, but there had been a Saxon manor on the site since the mid 800's.
The castle has belonged to the Leeds Castle Foundation since 1974, and they have done a great job maintaining the castle and surrounding grounds.
home.houston.rr.com /clively/ClintLeeds.html   (216 words)

 Leeds Castle
The original castle was an earthwork enclosure with a timber palisade and two timber towers along the perimeter.
In 1821, the Wykeham Martins inherited the castle.
Lady Baillie’s achievements culminated in the most radical development at Leeds Castle in it’s long history; by her will, the Leeds Castle Foundation was created to maintain the castle, garden and park.
www.hauntedcastlesandhotels.com /England/leeds.htm   (766 words)

 Buffalo Technology - Press - Case Studies - Leeds Castle Case Study
Leeds Castle has a number of separate buildings within the moated enclosure as well as in the surrounding grounds.
The castle and estate have a variety of conference rooms in different areas, each holding between eight and 100 people along with 35 bedrooms, 20 of which are in the castle itself.
Leeds Castle has perfectly exploited this 21st century technology to offer wireless networking throughout without harming any of its medieval walls or ambience.
www.buffalotech.com /press/case-studies/leeds-castle-case-study   (911 words)

 Leeds Castle — Visit Leeds Castle with the Great British Heritage Pass
Leeds Castle is one of England's most picturesque castles, often described as the ‘loveliest castle in the world.’ It is set on two islands and has been home to royalty, lords, and ladies for over 1000 years.
Leeds Castle passed into royal hands in 1278, and over the course of 150 years was held by six medieval queens.
Leeds Castle has something for everyone, and you’ll be sure to enjoy this icon of British heritage, whatever your reason for visiting.
www.britishheritagepass.com /Leeds_Castle   (610 words)

 Leeds Castle Maidstone Kent England English
Leeds Castle was originally an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Hamon de Crevecoeur.
His son Robert, founded the stone castle, when adding a shell keep to the motte and a gatehouse to the bailey.
In the 13th century, the marshes around the castle, were formed into an enormous lake, with the dam supporting a complex system of barbicans and sluices.
www.castleuk.net /castle_lists_south/188/leedscastle.htm   (141 words)

 Leeds Castle   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Strange as it may seem Leeds Castle is not in Leeds - the well known City in West Yorkshire - instead you will find it in Kent about six miles, East Southeast of Maidstone.
Leeds Castle is built on two islands in a lake, formed by the River Len.
It was built in the twelfth century as an impregnable stronghold and became known as "Lady's Castle" because of those who occupied it.
www.nashjaffer.net /leeds_castle.htm   (200 words)

 For Canadians - Tour of England: Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Photo stop at the castle which dates back to the 12th century, before driving past the entrance to the Channel Tunnel and on to Leeds Castle.
Leeds Castle: Built on two islands in a lake, this castle, with its magnificent gardens, has been called "the loveliest castle in the world." Henry II made it a royal palace and today it contains a superb collection of medieval furnishings and impressionist art.
The Leeds Castle, Canterbury and Dover tour is not covered by the Rail Protection Plan.
www.raileurope.com /canada/rail/passes/leeds_castle_canterbury_and_dover.htm   (311 words)

 Leeds Castle on AboutBritain.com
Leeds Castle's last private owner, Lady Baillie, lovingly restored the Castle to its former glory and founded the Leeds Castle Foundation in 1974.
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone at Junction 8 of the M20 between London and the Channel ports.Combined coach/admission* scheme with National Express.
Leeds Castle is just 25 miles from the Eurotunnel terminal, Folkestone and 38 miles from the port of Dover.
www.aboutbritain.com /leedscastle.htm   (513 words)

 Leeds Castle, Kent
Leeds Castle in Kent has been described as the loveliest castle and situated as it is there are few that can argue that it amongst the best of the castles.
The first thing to be aware of when visiting is that this castle has one of the longest walks there is from the car park to the castle (approximately 1km or 2/3 mile).
Also at the castle is the famous dog collar museum, an extensive aviary containing many rare (and noisy) birds, a maze, grotto and gardens.
louisabrown.net /Leeds.htm   (655 words)

 Leeds Castle - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Leeds Castle - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Leeds is located in the metropolitan area of West Yorkshire, south of North Yorkshire and...
Leeds (city), city, administrative centre of Leeds unitary authority, on the River Aire, West Yorkshire, northern England, midway between the west...
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 Leeds Castle
In 1632 Leeds Castle was purchased, from Lady Elizabeth Thornhill, by Sir Thomas Culpeper
During his ownership, but during his absence, the castle was used as a prison for some 600 captured Dutch and French sailors and extensively damaged.
In 1667 Lord Culpeper returned to Leeds but departed in 1680, when he was Appointed Governor of Virginia.
gen.culpepper.com /archives/uk/places/leedscastle.htm   (498 words)

 Camelot International: Britain's Heritage and History
Leeds Castle is one of the most romantic and most ancient castles in the Kingdom.
Today, lovingly restored and now administered by the Leeds castle Foundation, it is home to a magnificent collection of medieval furnishings, paintings, tapestries and treasures.
The castle was first built in stone by Norman barons nearly 900 years ago to overawe the English.
www.camelotintl.com /heritage/castles/eastern/leeds.html   (279 words)

 Leeds Castle | England Attraction Guide | iExplore.com
Leeds Castle in Kent is built on two islands in a lake.
The castle was sold to Lady Baillie in 1926 who transformed the interior, filling it with fine furniture, tapestries and paintings.
The castle is also famous for its Aviary, which is home to many birds including fl swans and was built as a memorial to Lady Baillie, opening in 1988.
www.iexplore.com /attractions/Leeds_Castle.jhtml   (228 words)

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