SP2772 : The Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth Castle

taken 7 years ago, near to Kenilworth, Warwickshire, Great Britain

The Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth Castle
The Elizabethan Garden, Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth Castle is one of Britainís largest and most impressive historic sites. It began as a mediaeval fortress and became an Elizabethan Palace.

Geoffrey de Clinton began the massive Norman keep at the core of the fortress in the 1120s, and under Henry II Kenilworth became a royal castle. King John greatly strengthened it between 1210 and 1215, enlarging the surrounding watery 'mere' which effectively made it an island stronghold. Thus it could withstand an epic siege in 1266, when rebellious barons held out against Henry III's siege engines for six months, succumbing only to starvation.

During the late 14th century John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, rebuilt the splendid great hall and staterooms of Kenilworth's inner court, beginning the castle's transition into a palace and favourite residence of the Lancastrian and early Tudor kings.

However, the castle is probably best known as the home of Robert Dudley, the great love of Queen Elizabeth I. Dudley, Earl of Leicester, took possession of the castle in 1563. He then lavished fortunes on converting it into a great Renaissance 'prodigy house', designed to receive the queen and her close servants on her visits to Kenilworth in 1572 and 1575 during their ceremonial 'progresses' around her realm.

LinkExternal link - History of Kenilworth Castle (English Heritage)


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Date Taken
Sunday, 7 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 12 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2780 7233 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.9005N 1:35.5986W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2778 7228
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Sixteenth Century  16th Century  Elizabethan  Palace  Castle  Ornamental Garden  English Heritage  Formal Garden 

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