Walmer Castle

Kent

Walmer Castle

Walmer Castle, Kent

One of the forts Henry the Eighth built along the south coast that were designed to defend against the new threat of attack by gunpowder, unlike a medieval it is low and squat, with hugely thick walls able to withstand the mightiest bombardment, its spherical bastions held heavy armaments which could be deployed against an attacking fleet, the castle was later transformed into an elegant stately home that serves as the residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, past Wardens include Pitt the Younger, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill, today’’s Lord Warden Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, still visits Walmer and some rooms used by her are open to visitors, recently completed magnificent Queen Mother’’s Garden, built to withstand the wrath of the French and Spanish following Henry the Eighth’’s break with the Roman Catholic Church, early 1539 (16th century) saw England under the threat of invasion and Henry built a series of castles from Cornwall to Kent, which ended with the linked fortresses of Deal, Walmer and Sandown, Walmer was transformed when it became the official residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, an ancient title that originally involved control of the five most important medieval ports on the south coast, The Duke of Dorset was the first Lord Warden to use Walmer turning the fort into a stately home, increasing the number of first floor rooms by extending the living quarters out over the bastions, further additions were made by Earl Granville, Lord Warden from 1865 (19th century), who commissioned the extension of the gatehouse bastion, the magnificent gardens surrounding the castle owe much to the enthusiasm of another Lord Warden, William Pitt the Younger and much of his early landscaping remains, two rooms that are now a museum dedicated to the Duke of Wellington Kent. One of the forts Henry VIII built along the south coast that were designed to defend against the new threat of attack by gunpowder, unlike a medieval fort it is low and squat, with hugely thick walls able to withstand the mightiest bombardment, its spherical bastions held heavy armaments which could be deployed against an attacking fleet. The castle was later transformed into an elegant stately home that serves as the residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, past Wardens include Pitt the Younger, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother. Walmer was transformed when it became the official residence of the Lords Warden of the Cinque Ports, an ancient title that originally involved control of the five most important medieval ports on the south coast. The Duke of Dorset was the first Lord Warden to use Walmer turning the fort into a stately home. Two rooms that are now a museum dedicated to the Duke of Wellington.

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