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The Castle at Kingsgate in the Isle of Thanet

The Castle at Kingsgate in the Isle of Thanet

Engraver: Basire, J.

Medium: Aquatint with etching

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 18

Item number: 30a3

Length: 35.8

Width: 53

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

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View of Kingsgate Castle on the Isle of Thanet. As this print shows, it is situated in an impressive position on a cliff top. However this it not a really castle, it is a folly built in the 18th century by Lord Holland, father of Charles Fox in c.1762-8. Initially he had Holland House built, and then surrounded it with huge follies, built of flint. One was a stable block, built in the guise of a ruined castle from the period of Edward I. Another was a ruin in the style of a coastal fort of Henry VIII.

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