We are restoring the Castle’s striking façade, as due to natural causes, the stonework has deteriorated. Behind the scaffolding today, essential conservation work is underway to preserve the fabric of the past, so future generations can continue to enjoy one of Britain’s most beautiful castles.
Due for completion in early spring 2022, the restoration will see the stonework replacement, repairs and repointing to south elevation of the Castle. This work is necessary for safety reasons and to return the exterior to its original character.
The project is also inclusive of repairs to the east and west turret’s roof, as well as repairs and redecoration to the Library windows.
We are using locally-sourced Kentish Ragstone, from Gallagher Group, which is a robust and hard weathering limestone. We are also working with PAYE Stonework & Restoration who is carrying out the essential work on behalf of Leeds Castle, using local craftsmen.
Stonework Restoration So Far
This conservation work is part of wider preservation project which has already seen the restoration of the Maiden’s Tower, Gatehouse, Moat Bridge, Gloriette and the central façade of the Castle.
Where Did It All Start?
Leeds Castle is a Grade I listed castle, situated on the extensive 500-acres of Kentish parkland, which was first recorded in 857 AD. Built on a pair of small islands with a surrounding natural moat fed by the River Len, the Castle is formed of four separate buildings: the main Castle, the Gloriette, Maiden’s Tower and Gatehouse.
Over the years, the Castle has been at the centre of history, before it was transformed into an elegant early 20th century retreat for the influential and famous, under the helm of Lady Olive Baillie.
Now in the 21st century, it has evolved into one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain.
The Leeds Castle Foundation was created in 1974, to ensure the Castle is preserved for years to come and continues to play hostess to the next generation.
Thanks to the tremendous support of our visitors, the foundation can carry out essential work from reinvested funds raised through ticket, hospitality, accommodation, catering and retail sales.
With thanks to an incredible grant of £565,000 from the Culture Recovery Fund, this generous funding, awarded by Historic England from the second round of the Heritage Stimulus Fund, has ensured the preservation of Leeds Castle’s stonework for future generations to appreciate and enjoy.