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An 18th century engraving of Canterbury Castle

18th century engraving of Canterbury Castle

An 18th century engraving of Canterbury Castle (north-east view). The text bottom right reads: ‘THIS CASTLE stands in a valley and is supposed to have been built in the time of he Wars between the Danes and Normans. William l had it from Lanfranc the Archbishop by exchange. AD 1216 Louis the Dolphin of France, coming to aid the barons in these parts, had this castle delivered up to him. After which Hubert Earl of Kent was Constable in the time of Henry III. But from his time it seems to have remained in the Crown, and after Edward IV’s time to have decayed. AD 1609. The skeleton of this castle which courted the beholder to an admiration of its former strength, was granted by King James I to Sir Anthony Weldon of Swanscamp in this County Knight whose son and heir Ralph Weldon Esquire enjoyed it AD 1664′.


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