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Leeds Castle Interiors

Leeds Castle Interior 2

A castle has been on this site, in Kent,  since 1119 and has been used by a number of royalty including Edward I and Henry VIII.  The castle was purchased by Lady Baillie in 1926 and was used for a number of worthy purposes including a hospital for airmen during WWII.

In 1974 it was left to the Leeds Castle Foundation to be preserved for the benefit of the public. The history (Wiki) is here, castle/events website here, grounds/moat/lake/gardens here, falconry display here and the flower festival is here.

The name “Leeds” seems to have the original meaning of loud or rushing water.  Hence there is a Leeds village nearby  and another Leeds in the north of England. 

Knight on Horse Leeds Castle

This fellow is carrying a pole axe which was used to penetrate armour, quite often the opponent’s helmet.  Hence the expression, being pole-axed.

Leeds Castle Ceiling

I’m sure you could play a board game on that.

Henry VIII Leeds Castle

Henry VIII and it looks like he left his tankard behind.

Leeds Castle China Ornament

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Wood Sculpture Leeds Castle

I’m not sure whether this is a charming guardian or a psychopath in a skirt.  I suppose the defining question is; would I want him at the top of my stairs on dark night ?

Leeds Castle Fountain

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Leeds Castle Interior

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Leeds Castle Library

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Leeds Castle Painting

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Leeds Castle Room

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Leeds Castle Vase

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Ornate Clock Leeds Castle

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Richard II Leeds Castle

And, Richard II. We all know what happened to him.

Thanks for the visit and ~

8 responses

  1. I visited there once some time ago – it is a very good castle!

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    October 6, 2015 at 15:31

  2. How wonderful! Thanks so much for posting. I want the chivalrous knight with his lion protecting my stairway! He’s wonderful!

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    October 6, 2015 at 19:16

  3. Love the detail in the design and the history of the castle Graham! ❤
    Diana xo

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    October 7, 2015 at 00:29

    • Glad you liked that. It is probably one of the oldest that is still habitable. It causes a little confusion because it is in southern UK and Leeds is a city in north. Reason; Leeds means rushing/noisy water.
      Have a nice day. 🙂

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      October 7, 2015 at 12:02

  4. What an impressive interior!

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    October 9, 2015 at 15:06

    • That, together with the grounds make a good day out. Its a little pricey but the ticket is valid for repeat visits for a whole year. yay 🙂

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      October 9, 2015 at 15:39

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