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Leeds Castle’s 900th Anniversary in 2019

A series of special events and activities will run in 2019 to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Leeds Castle in Kent, known to millions as “the loveliest castle in the world”. This landmark year will celebrate nine centuries of history and heritage, dating back to 1119 when Robert de Crevecoeur built the original stone castle. The first mention of Leeds Castle dates back to the Doomsday Book of 1086 but in the 12th century, the castle was transformed into a defensible castle by the de Crevecoeur family. Since then, the Castle has been owned by six medieval queens, King Henry VIII and his queen Catherine of Aragon, as well as being an elegant 20th Century retreat for its last private owner, Lady Baillie.
 
In 2019, Leeds Castle will host a myriad of events, activities and launches to celebrate nine fascinating centuries. Regular events such as the Triathlon, Festival of Flowers, Motors by the Moat and the Medieval Joust may also have a special celebratory theme.