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William the Conqueror used enforced Anglo-Saxon labour for work on the construction of Leeds Castle. The original wooden castle was replaced by a fortified stone castle in 1119. An important feature of Leeds Castle is its access to the River Len. Leeds Castle occupies three islands surrounded by an artificial lake. King Henry VIII converted Leeds Castle into a Royal Palace but retained the defences due to the possible risk of invasion from Spain or France.

William the Conqueror used enforced Anglo-Saxon labour for work on the construction of Leeds Castle. The original wooden castle was replaced by a fortified stone castle in 1119. An important feature of Leeds Castle is its access to the River Len. Leeds Castle occupies three islands surrounded by an artificial lake. King Henry VIII converted Leeds Castle into a Royal Palace but retained the defences due to the possible risk of invasion from Spain or France.

Leeds Castle, Kent. Swan Lake by simpologist, via Flickr  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/southeast-england/kent/sights/other/leeds-castle

Leeds Castle, Kent. Swan Lake by simpologist, via Flickr http://www.lonelyplanet.com/england/southeast-england/kent/sights/other/leeds-castle

Reflecting at Leeds castle | Countryfile.com

Reflecting at Leeds castle | Countryfile.com

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