Pulling the Carriage 2007 travel blog

Our first glimpse of Leeds Castle

Oldest part of castle

Schematic with timelines

Stone bridge replaced wooden drawbridge

Supplies for the Field of the Cloth of Gold tournament

View of part of castle and moat

 

 


This morning Chris led us down the road toward Leeds. There was a major accident on the M25 and she showed us an alternate route. I am still rather shaky with the driving on the wrong side ( I mean the opposite side) of the road. Our original intent was to find a B&B down in the area near the castle. We had the addresses of several, but struggled trying to find them. The roads were very narrow (lots of stretches where there wasn't room for two cars) and when it came to chicken, I was regularly on the grass.

We found a motel near Maidstone to spend the night, and then headed off to explore. Leeds castle is about 25 miles from Dover, and is where Henry VIII would prepare for trips to France. It is a stunning castle with a rich history for more than 1000 years. Originally the site of a Saxon manor, Leeds castle has been a Norman stronghold, a royal residence for six mediaeval Queens of England, a favourite palace of Henry VIII, a grand country house, and a temporary hospital during WWII. I'll upload some pictures, but they don't show the grandness of the castle.



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