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Entrance of Leeds Castle, Kent

Entrance of Leeds Castle, Kent

Artist: Green, V. &. R.

Medium: Aquatint

Date: 1797

Shelfmark: K.top Vol 44

Item number: 39.B

Genre: Topographical Print

Although entitled in the collection as 'Leeds Castle, Yorkshire', this is actually a view of a gatehouse at Leeds Castle in Kent. The castle is situated on two islands in an artificial lake, formed by the River Len. One of the islands can be reached via three separate causeways, each protected by a bridge and gatehouse. The castle was built in the 12th century and became known as the ‘Lady’s Castle’ because it was usually occupied by the Queen’s of England notably Phillipa of Hainhault (Edward I’s wife), Catherine de Valois (Edward II’s wife) and Catherine of Aragon (Henry VIII’s wife). The gatehouses are the only part of the castle to have defensive features, the remainder of the buildings were residential and so were designed with comfort and not security in mind.

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