Balloon over Leeds Castle, Kent, UK – Photo

Another photo from an early morning trip to Leeds Castle. Luckily as I arrived a hot-air balloon was being readied for a trip and I caught it rising out of the mist above the castle.

From Wikipedia for all those interested in Leeds Castle:-

Leeds Castle, four miles south east of Maidstone, Kent, England, dates back to 1119, though a manor house stood on the same site from the ninth century. The castle and grounds lie to the east of the village of Leeds, Kent, which should not be confused with the city of Leeds in West Yorkshire.

Built in 1119 by Henry I to replace the earlier Saxon manor of Esledes, the castle became a royal palace for King Edward I of England and his queen, Eleanor of Castile in 1278. Major improvements were made during his time, including the Barbican, made up of three parts, each with its own entrance, drawbridge, gateway, and portcullis. The medieval keep is called the “Gloriette” in honour of Queen Eleanor.

In 1321, King Edward II besieged the castle after his queen was refused admission, and used ballistas, or springalds, to force its defenders to surrender. Richard II’s first wife, Anne of Bohemia, spent the winter of 1381 at the Castle on her way to be married to the King, and in 1395, King Richard II received the French chronicler Jean Froissart there, as Froissart described in his Chronicles.

Henry VIII transformed the castle for his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and a painting commemorating his meeting with Francis I of France still hangs there. His daughter, Queen Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the castle for a time before her coronation.

The castle escaped destruction during the English Civil War because its owners, the Culpeper family, sided with the Parliamentarians. The last private owner of the castle was the Hon. Olive, Lady Baillie, a daughter of Almeric Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough, and his first wife, Pauline Payne Whitney, an American heiress. Lady Baillie bought the castle in 1926. She redecorated the interior, first working with the French architect and designer Armand-Albert Rateau (who also oversaw exterior alterations as well as added interior features such as a 16th-century-style carved-oak staircase) and then, later, with the Paris decorator Stéphane Boudin. Baillie established the Leeds Castle Foundation. The castle was opened to the public in 1976.

On 17 July 1978, the castle was the site of a meeting between the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan in preparation for the Camp David Accords.

In September 1999, Sir Elton John played two sold-out solo concerts in the grounds of Leeds Castle.

* The castle was used as the location for Chalfont, the family home of the d’Ascoynes, in the film Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949).
* Because of Thomas Fairfax, 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, there is a sundial at Fairfax, Virginia, telling the time in Leeds Castle, and a sundial at Leeds Castle telling the time in Virginia.
* The Doctor Who episode The Androids of Tara was filmed at the castle.
* The Magnum, PI episode Deja Vu was filmed at Leeds Castle.
* On Friday 15 February 2008 the Chris Moyles Show was broadcast live from Leeds Castle.
* On Thursday 3 July 2008 the Antiques Roadshow recorded two of its episodes on the Croquet Lawn at Leeds Castle, Fiona Bruce presented the show.

Hot Air Balloon rising over Leeds Castle, Kent, UK

Nikon D40 : 26mm
f/11 : 1/40 sec : ISO 200

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~ by Mike on November 13, 2008.

One Response to “Balloon over Leeds Castle, Kent, UK – Photo”

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about balloon
    time. Regards

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