Monday, August 6, 2012

Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is 160 km from London and for almost five centuries served as a royal residence. Most of the castle is in ruin and was built over a number of centuries, beginning in 1210 by King John.
The wall in the foreground was built in 1210 by King John. The keep in the background right was the original building built in the 12th century, and the building to the left and behind was built in the 13th century, and the far left building was built in the 16th century.
The inner court is enclosed on three sides by the keep, the great hall and Leicester's Building. The keep on the left was the defensive heart of the castle.
 The windows of the Great Hall that was built in the late 14th century.
Kyle and me in the Great Hall
The Elizabethan Garden was built by Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester for Queen Elizabeth's visit in 1575. He is said to be her great love, and although she never married, Dudley tried many times to get her to agree to marry him. There was a lot of pressure for her to marry someone who could strengthen England but the fact that he was already married must have been the biggest obstacle to their love.
Leicester's House where Robert Dudley and a succession of wealthy gentlemen farmers lived until the early 1900s.
Rebecca & Caden - our hosts in Milton Keynes
Early tomorrow morning we take the train from Milton Keynes to London, and then the Eurostar to Paris and another train to Caen in Normandy where we will visit D-Day sites. We will be in France for three days and then it's back to London to see my Dad.

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