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Kenilworth Castle; Banqueting Hall

Kenilworth Castle; Banqueting Hall

Photographer: Thompson, Stephen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: C.44.d.7,8

Item number: 9

Genre: Photograph

“Edward III. restored the castle and estate of Kenilworth to Henry, Earl of Lancaster, for his services in placing him on the throne, and in the removal of the late king. By his marriage with Blanche, the grand-daughter of this earl, John of Gaunt, the son of Edward III., became possessed of Kenilworth, with the title of Duke of Lancaster. To him the castle owed both extension and improvement. The great Banqueting Hall is said to have been of his erection, with most of those portions of the castle called the Lancaster Buildings, forming the western side of the quadrangle.”

Excerpt from “Kenilworth Castle”, in ‘Ruined Abbeys and Castles of Great Britain and Ireland’ by William Howitt.

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