Tudor castle gets a revamp
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