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Leeds Castle Interiors

Leeds Castle Interior 2

A castle has been on this site, in Kent,  since 1119 and has been used by a number of royalty including Edward I and Henry VIII.  The castle was purchased by Lady Baillie in 1926 and was used for a number of worthy purposes including a hospital for airmen during WWII.

In 1974 it was left to the Leeds Castle Foundation to be preserved for the benefit of the public. The history (Wiki) is here, castle/events website here, grounds/moat/lake/gardens here, falconry display here and the flower festival is here.

The name “Leeds” seems to have the original meaning of loud or rushing water.  Hence there is a Leeds village nearby  and another Leeds in the north of England. 

Knight on Horse Leeds Castle

This fellow is carrying a pole axe which was used to penetrate armour, quite often the opponent’s helmet.  Hence the expression, being pole-axed.

Leeds Castle Ceiling

I’m sure you could play a board game on that.

Henry VIII Leeds Castle

Henry VIII and it looks like he left his tankard behind.

Leeds Castle China Ornament

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Wood Sculpture Leeds Castle

I’m not sure whether this is a charming guardian or a psychopath in a skirt.  I suppose the defining question is; would I want him at the top of my stairs on dark night ?

Leeds Castle Fountain

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Leeds Castle Interior

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Leeds Castle Library

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Leeds Castle Painting

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Leeds Castle Room

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Leeds Castle Vase

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Ornate Clock Leeds Castle

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Richard II Leeds Castle

And, Richard II. We all know what happened to him.

Thanks for the visit and ~


Falconry at Leeds Castle

17 pics.  A Harris Hawk waits pensively for the launch signal.  That beak means business.  You can click twice for a better view.
Harris Hawk 2 at Leeds Castle

“Ain’t I awesome”.
Harris Hawk Swooping at Leeds Castle

The trainer sends a morsel into the air using an elastic catapult.   A little to the right of the hawk is a distant seagull and just below is the morsel.  The hawk now has folded wings for the dive.Falconry 2 at Leeeds Castle

And the flyby with trophy.
Eating Harris Hawk at Leeds Castle

“Nothing to see here, move along now.  Ahh, with fava beans and a nice bottle of Chianti”.
Harris Hawk Flying at Leeds Castle

A victory lap.
Flying Harris Hawk at Leeds Castle

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Perched Harris Hawk at Leeds Castle

“I’m firm but fair and you will applaud”.  And they did.

The owl, the trainer said, had a short attention span and was easily distracted.  He also said they were “thick”.
Tufted Owl at Leeds Castle

“He said what”.
Tufted Owl Close Up at Leeds Castle

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Flying Owl at Leeds Castle

“Right, I’ll have your scraggles off”.
Falconry at Leed Castle

“I am, in fact, wise and dignified and I’ll murgle anyone who says otherwise”.
Owl at Leeds Castle

.Seaugull at Leeds Castle

Meanwhile, several gulls were scriking and showing off by making feint dives at the hawks.  But, they carefully kept their distance.  The hawks disdained any interest.   After all, one does not converse with one’s food.

This little miss is a North American Kestrel weighing in at a mere 4 ounces.    She was so fast on the wing, that the only photographs I have, are where she used to be.   Even the gulls were bemused and kept their distance.

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Falcons, we are informed, will only fly free and return if they are happy with their conditions.  They also live twice as long as in the wild. So, everybody’s happy.  Yay . 🙂

There are more falcons including an amazing peregrine here.

Tweet and thanks for the visit.