HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS PODCASTS
A series of short podcasts about the history of Leeds Castle, presented by Robert Bathurst
In its 900-year history, Leeds Castle hasn’t always been the peaceful haven it
is today. The Castle has seen more than its fair share of sieges, beheadings and intrigues,
and hosted many a royal banquet and riotous party. In celebration of its 900th
anniversary, Robert Bathurst (history enthusiast and star of Cold Feet & Downton Abbey), takes you through highlights from the Castle's fascinating history. Each
episode, lasting between 15 and 20 minutes, focuses on particular events or
periods at Leeds Castle when it found itself at the epicentre of significant
political and cultural developments.
Annie Kemkaran-Smith, Curator at Leeds Castle
Jeremy Ashby, Head Curator at English Heritage
Sarah Cockerill, Historian and High Court Judge
Simon Thurley, Historian
Adrian Tinniswood, Historian
Composer of ‘A Tribute to Leeds Castle’:
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Episode 5: 1926-1939: Olive, Lady Baillie reinvents Leeds Castle as a celebrity retreat
This episode is dedicated to the remarkable last private owner of Leeds Castle, Olive, Lady Baillie, and the sophisticated mid-20th Century style she brought to "the loveliest castle in the world", as the historian Lord Conway called it.
Episode 1: 1066-1278: The Normans at Leeds Castle
In this first episode, you are invited to travel back to the time of William the Conqueror and Domesday and learn how major conflicts left their mark on the Leeds estate: Normans versus Anglo-Saxons, Stephen versus Matilda, the Crown versus the Barons, an