Saltwood Castle, Kent
Watercolour showing the ruins of Saltwood Castle in Kent. This is an ancient fortified site, on a steep hill, which used to be surrounded by marshland. There were Roman and Saxon forts here before the medieval castle. However Saltwood is most famous for being at the centre of the 12th century dispute between Thomas Becket and Henry II. Becket claimed the castle was the property of the Archbishops of Canterbury but Henry, who had already quarrelled with Becket over several issues, was reluctant to hand over a stronghold to a potential enemy. It was here in 1170 that the four of the King's knights William de Tracey, Reginald Fitzures, Hugh de Morville and Richard Le Breton met to plan Becket's assassination.