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Article from section published on January 20, 2012

Date for your Diary – Friday 18 May 2012

The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund

 Dinner at Leeds Castle

Friday May 18th 2012

 The Saxon manor of Esledes was an ideal place for the descendant of one of William the Conqueror’s lords, Robert de Crevecoeur, to fortify and build a castle in 1119. LeedsCastlepassed into royal hands in 1278 and became part of the Queen of England’s dower – the settlement widowed queens received upon the death of their husbands.  Over the course of 150 years it was held by six mediaeval queens: Eleanor of Castile, Margaret of France, Isabella of France, Joan of Navarre, Anne of Bohemia and Catherine de Valois.

In Tudor times Henry VIII visited frequently, notably with his Queen, Catherine of Aragon, and their entire court on the way to the tournament of the Field of the Cloth of Gold, which took place inFrancein 1520.  Henry’s son, King Edward VI, granted the castle to one of Henry’s courtiers for his services.  Since then it has been in private ownership.  It has been used as a garrison, a prison and a convalescent home, as well as being the home of the Culpeper, Fairfax and Wykeham Martin families.   It was refurbished in the 1920s by Lady Baillie, an American heiress, and is now maintained by the Leeds Castle Foundation for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

Itinerary of evening:

18:00               Guests arrive for those wanting guided tours of the Castle

18:30              Champagne reception

20:15               Dinner in the Henry VIII Banqueting Hall

After dinner speech

00:30               Carriages, guests depart

Tables of 10 are available at this unique and fascinating evening to be held at Leeds Castle in the Henry VIII banqueting hall.  Rooms are available in the Castle should you wish to stay the night, please contact us for more details and prices.  If you would like to attend this amazing evening or for more information please contact Clare Scherer on 07947 691 950 or

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