Sunday, June 24, 2012

Leeds Castle, Kent, UK

Leeds Castle is set on two islands on the River Len.  The castle dates back to 1119.  In 1278 the castle came into the hands of King Edward I for whom it became a favorite residence. 

The last private owner was Lady Olive Baillie.  Lady Baillie bought the castle in 1926. During the early part of WWII Leeds was used as a hospital.  Upon her death in 1974 she left the castle to the Leeds Castle Foundation, a private charitable trust whose aim is to preserve the castle and grounds for the benefit of the public. 

Adorable Australian stamps on the postcard. Yes, a postcard of a castle in the UK has Australian postcards. This was from a tag/trade in the forums at Postcrossing. The person I traded with had visited Leeds Castle last year.

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