Lymne Castle, with a distant View of the French Coast
Engraver: Jukes, F.
Medium: Aquatint with etching, coloured
View of Lympne Castle on the south coast of Kent. It was built in the 12th century but since then has been remodelled several times. It is a relatively small scale medieval castle, formerly used as the home of the Archdeacons of Canterbury. However by the late 18th century it was leased to lay owners, the Bridger family. A note accompanying this print states, 'It is situated on the descent of a Hill, about two miles West of Hythe. Its remains bear marks of great Antiquity, but when, or by whom founded is not certain. It is supposed to be the famous Portus Lemanis; but that the sea had retired from its spacious Haven, once a Harbour for 250 vessels. Anno 893. Here it was that Prince Edward executed the oath from Barons of the Cinque Ports.'