2015

SP2772 : Kenilworth Castle

taken 8 years ago, near to Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England

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Kenilworth Castle
Kenilworth Castle
Looking north west from the footpath to Beausale.
The castle is lit by the low, afternoon, winter sunshine.
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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This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2015 Automatic Clusters: · Footpath to Beausale [4] · North West [2] Title Clusters: · Kenilworth Castle [41] ·
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SP2772, 366 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
David P Howard   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 December, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 29 December, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2783 7223 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:20.8464N 1:35.5727W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 2796 7204
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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