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Old 02-15-2014, 08:19 PM
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Leeds Castle

King Edward III and his first wife, Queen Eleanor (Eleanor of Castile), were the first royal owners of Leeds Castle.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:45 PM
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One of the most beautiful places in England - a truly romantic castle. And it is not in Leeds, it is in Kent.

http://www.greatbritishgardens.co.uk...eds-Castle.jpg

http://www.casteland.com/images/chateau/leed/leeds.jpg

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...O4yULfPgl9ar8g

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Cepe, Thank you for the fantastic photographs of Leeds Castle.
King Edward I had a chapel added to the Gloriette Tower of Leeds Castle.
The chapel was reconsecrated and made a Chapel Royal by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Donald Coggan, in 1978.
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you're welcome. I love it!
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When I saw the topic for this thread I thought, how come I did know about this when I visited Leeds many years ago. Now I know why, it's not in Leeds.

Thank you for pics, cepe, it is a beautiful castle and your pictures are fabulous.
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One of the most beautiful places in England - a truly romantic castle. And it is not in Leeds, it is in Kent.
I had forgotten that about it being in Kent (where my paternal ancestors all came from)

Here's some further information from Wikipedia

Leeds Castle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Margaret de Clare, Baroness Badlesmere held the Castle against the forces of Isabella of France during the Despenser War.After the castle's capture Isabella had the Baroness imprisoned in the Tower of London but was later transferred to the Minoresses Convent in Aldgate.

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King Edward I gave Leeds Castle to his wife, Queen Eleanor as a present.
Eleanor died in 1290.
When the King remarried, he gave Leeds Castle to his second wife Margaret.
This association led to Leeds Castle being nicknamed as the Ladies' Castle.
Leeds Castle was first a wooden fort built in 857 by Ledian. Ledian was the chief minister of Ethelbert IV. Ethelbert IV was King of Kent.

King William I of England gave Leeds Castle to Bishop Odo of Bayeux.
The Bishop was the King's half brother. When Odo rebelled, William took the castle back.
Then King William granted Leeds Castle to Hamon de Crevecour.
De Crevecour had fought with William at Hastings.
Leeds Castle flies the flags of two ladies alternatively.
The first flag is of Eleanor of Castile, the first owner.
The second flag is of Lady Olive Baillie, the last lady owner of Leeds Castle.
The sixth queen to receive Leeds Castle as a dower from her husband was Catherine de Valois, Henry V's queen.
She acquired Leeds Castle in 1423, installing a clock and bell in 1435.
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