Tu­dor cas­tle gets a re­vamp

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - JW

DEAL CAS­TLE in Kent has a new per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion, ‘Voices of deal’, which tells the site’s his­tory through the lives of its his­toric res­i­dents and sol­diers. Anne of Cleves was one of the cas­tle’s most fa­mous vis­i­tors—she ate her first meal in Eng­land there, en route to be­com­ing Henry Viii’s bride in 1539.

the chapel’s stained-glass win­dows have also un­der­gone con­ser­va­tion work and both the chapel and the cap­tain’s apart­ments are to be fully opened to vis­i­tors for the first time.

now in the hands of English Her­itage, deal was one in a chain of coastal ar­tillery forts constructed by Henry Viii against the threat of in­va­sion by spain and France be­tween 1539 and 1540; vis­ually, it is con­sid­ered to be one of the most im­pres­sive.

its strik­ing pro­file, re­sem­bling a tu­dor rose in out­line when it’s viewed from the air, in­cor­po­rated the most up-to-date ideas about de­fen­si­ble mil­i­tary en­gi­neer­ing, in­clud­ing 66 fir­ing po­si­tions for ar­tillery. A se­lec­tion of pre­vi­ously un­seen mil­i­tary ob­jects from one of its sis­ter forts, Cam­ber Cas­tle, near rye, East sus­sex, will also be on dis­play at the show.

Deal Cas­tle formed part of the King’s De­vice pro­gramme to pro­tect against in­va­sion from France and the Holy Ro­man Em­pire

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