|Leeds Castle Key Facts|
|County||Kent (13 castles)|
|Categories||Stone / Lake Fortress|
|Access to site||Only open at certain times|
|Moat||The castle is located on a series of islands on a lake,|
|Plan to spend a day at Leeds Castle. The grounds are extensive and on a sunny day a perfect place for a picnic.|
|1139||Leeds Castle siege|
|King Stephen besieged Leeds Castle which was being held against him by supporters of Matilda. The castle fell to the King and he took control of it.|
Episode: Civil War Stephen and Matilda
|1321||Oct||Siege of Leeds Castle|
|Edward was forced to lay siege to Leeds Castle after an incident involving his wife Queen Isabella. The Queen had wanted to stay at the castle while travelling to Canterbury but was refused entry by the owners wife. The owner of the castle, who was not there at the time, was Lord Badlesmere, a supporter of Lancaster. When Isabella's men tried to gain access to the castle, some of them were killed. On hearing of the problem, Edward took an army to the castle and after a week broke the siege. Several of the Marcher Lords began to march into England in support of Lord Badlesmere. They only got as far as Kingston-upon-Thames when the siege ended. Edward then had every excuse to engage the Marcher Lords in their act of rebellion.|
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