TQ8086 : Approaching Hadleigh Castle

taken 2 years ago, near to Hadleigh, Essex, Great Britain

Approaching Hadleigh Castle
Approaching Hadleigh Castle
Hadleigh Castle was begun in about 1215 by Hubert de Burgh, King John's chief minister or justiciar.

King Edward III was the first king to see the strategic importance of Hadleigh Castle. It was ideally situated as a base for defending the Thames estuary against French raids during the Hundred Years War. Edward's claim to the French throne had led to war with France. The need for a more systematic defence of the Thames estuary led the king to refurbish and extend Hadleigh Castle and to build Queenborough Castle on Sheppey on the opposite Kent shore.

Hadleigh Castle became a favourite retreat for the ageing king. Edward's successors took little interest in the castle as a residence. After being leased to a succession of tenants, the castle was sold to Lord Riche in 1551, who sold it off as building materials.

John Constable famously painted Hadleigh Castle - see LinkExternal link

It is now owned and managed by English Heritage. For more information and its history, including reconstructions see LinkExternal link

The site of the castle provides wonderful views across the Thames estuary to Kent. On this day there were views as far as Margate on one direction and Shooters Hill in the other.
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TQ8086, 111 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 21 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 22 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8095 8610 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:32.6869N 0:36.4897E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8094 8612
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Ruined Castle  English Heritage Property 

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