Tag Archive: Kent

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Leumeah ‘medieval’ castle listed for auction

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The article earlier this week about the Leumeah castle stated that Ron Farmer is selling his medieval castle in New South Wales, Australia. Now we have a location and asking price. (Prices below are listed in Australian Dollars) If you are looking to relocate to Australia you might think about buying the Leumeah castle. ~The…

Englishman transforms his Sydney home into medieval castle

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This Englishman’s home really is his castle. Boasting 10 turrets, a moat, stained glass windows, medieval furnishings and gargoyles, it is fit for King Arthur and his knights and tends to stand out among the brick-and-tile neighbouring bungalows in Dowling St, Leumeah. The suburban Camelot is the work of Ron Farmer, who was determined to…

2012 Medieval Year in Review: Podcasts

There were a lot of great podcast episodes during 2012. We finished the Pillars of the Earth podcast series, interviewed authors, documentary hosts and medieval bloggers. Some of this years topics were requested by you, the listener. So please if you have any requests send them over. Some of the popular episodes include: Mad Monarchs…

MAP#30 – Peasant’s Revolt of 1381

When Adam delved and Eve span, Who then was the gentleman? The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 was one of a number of popular revolts in late medieval Europe and is a major event in the history of England. Led by Wat Tyler the peasant’s rose up against the ruling class. Were they successful? Or did…

Six things you must do in Canterbury: Bagpuss, Chaucer and boats trips on the River Stour

A zippy new train service has put the tranquil cathedral city in Kent within an hour’s reach of London, making it an easy place to visit for many people. Gareth Huw Davies followed at high speed in the footsteps of the Canterbury pilgrims to the perfect Christmas destination. This is his must-do list… 1…ON THE…

Kent campaign to save ‘decaying’ Rochester Castle

Conservationists have begun a campaign to preserve Rochester Castle. The Restore Rochester Castle Campaign wants to save the walls, floor and roof of the 12th Century building. A section of the outer wall of the castle had to be rebuilt last month after collapsing because of heavy rainfall. Campaigner Jon O’Donnell said the medieval castle…

Kent’s regal history revealed in new book

Wealth, power and influence were all words associated with Kent when the county reigned as the world’s first Anglo-Saxon and Christian kingdom. For a brief period more than 1,000 years ago it was recognised as the most important place in England, noted for its power, culture, wealth and international contacts. However, by the ninth century…

Rochester Castle wall restoration almost complete

Stone masons will put the finishing touches to the complex restoration work of a weather-damaged section of Rochester Castle’s curtain wall next week. The experienced craftsmen have painstakingly repaired the 24m section of retaining wall, which collapsed in March after a deluge of heavy rain led to ground movement. Emergency shoring works were carried out…

Work unearths evidence of a medieval manor house in Kent

A previously unknown Roman road and evidence of a medieval manor house have been uncovered during excavations in Kent. Archaeologists employed by South East Water made the finds ahead of a £321,000 scheme to lay a pipe near Bearsted. Tim Allen, from Kent Archaeological Projects, described the discoveries as “very exciting”. South East Water said…