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BEAUTIFUL KENILWORTH WANTONLY RUINED BY THE ROUNDHEAD OFFICIALS

BEAUTIFUL KENILWORTH WANTONLY RUINED BY THE ROUNDHEAD OFFICIALS

The walls of Kenilworth, enclosing an area of some seven acres, were begun about the year 1120 by Geoffrey de Clinton, Treasurer of England. Henry II, John and Henry III all added to it, and in 1254 it came into the possession of Simon de Montfort, and was captured in the barons' wars on Dec, 21, 1266, after a six months' siege. John of Gaunt added the banqueting; hall and much else, and Henry VIII also built in this highly favoured place in English history. Queen Elizabeth presented it to her favourite, Leicester, and often visited it. In the Civil War Puritan officers occupied it, and as usual eagerly destroyed a beauty which they could not understand. On the Restoration Kenilworth passed to the Clarendons, who still hold it.

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BROKEN BASTIONS OF HASTINGS CASTLE THAT STILL LOOK DOWN UPON THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

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