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Castles (near) Kent : Bodiam Castle

シッシングハースト城から車で20分程のところにあるBodiam castleボディアム城)は、正確に言うとケント州ではなく、隣のイースト・サセックス州にある。このお濠に囲まれた四角形のお城は、エドワード3世に仕えた騎士Edward Dalyngrigge(エドワード・ダリングリッグ)により、百年戦争におけるフランスの侵略からの防衛、そしてステータスと富を象徴する彼自身の住まいとして、1385年に建立。四角形という構造上、防護壁と中庭に沿って、様々な部屋が作られた。Dalyngrigge家が途絶えると、婚姻関係によってLewknor(ルークノー)家の手に渡り、16世紀までその所有下にあったが、その後は様々な所有者を経た末、1643年に取り壊され、廃墟となった。1829年にJohn Fuller(ジョン・フラー)に買い取られ、Fullerを含む、George Cubitt(ジョージ・キュビット)初代Ashcombe(アシュコム)男爵ジョージ・カーゾン (初代カーゾン・オヴ・ケドルストン侯爵)と続いた所有者の手で一部修復された。カーゾン侯爵の死後、1925年にNational Trustナショナル・トラスト)に寄贈され、第一級指定建造物、指定遺跡として保護されている。


Bodiam castle, 20-minute drive from the Sissinghurst Castle, is located in neighboring East Sussex, not in Kent. This quadrangular-shaped moated castle was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, as his home to show off his status and wealth and as a defence against French raid during the Hundred Years’ War. Chambers were built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. After Dalyngrigge family’s line became extinct, the castle passed by marriage to the Lewknor family, who had owned the castle until at least the 16th century. Since then, Bodiam had been on different hands and was dismantled in 1643. It was left as a ruin until its purchase by John Fuller in 1829, but was partially restored by Fuller, George Cubitt, 1st Baron Ashcombe, and then the last owner of the castle, Lord Curzon. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1925, donated by Lord Curzon on his death, and is protected as a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument.

Although quite knocked down, towers and some rooms, where you can learn the history of Bodiam on 15-minute DVD as well as exhibition, are open to public. You may want to walk up narrow and steep spiral staircases to the top of the towers, where you will be rewarded with wonderful views. You can enjoy watching dozens of desperate ducks and carps fighting for food thrown by visitors on the bridge which connects the park and the castle. Kids can play on the grass surrounded the castle and around the WWII bunker built in the castle ground against German invasion, which never occurred. Very peaceful and picturesque castle.


Castles in Kent: Sissinghurst Castle

イングランドで最も素晴らしい庭園の一つと言われる、Sissinghurst castle(シッシングハースト城)の庭園は、森や小川、そして400エーカーもの農地の中に建つ、テューダー様式の屋敷に付随する。ケントに建てられたれんが造りの大規模建築の先駆けのこの屋敷は、中心の塔と書斎を含む一部施設のみ現存している。

中世初期には堀に囲まれた石造りのマナー・ハウスが建てられたが、15世紀に新しい所有者・Baker(ベーカー)家によって建設された、れんが造りのマナー・ハウスが取って代わった。この大規模なマナー・ハウスは、付随する敷地に囲まれたフランスのシャトーと構造が似ており、この頃イングランド南東部のエリア・ Weald(ウェルド)で最も美しい屋敷と言われた。17世紀にベーカー家が没落した後、七年戦争の最中にフランス兵の捕虜収容所として使われたり、救貧院や敷地で働く使用人の家となったりしていたが、1930年に、外交官で歴史家であったハロルド・ニコルソンと詩人・作家のヴィタ・サックヴィル=ウェスト夫婦に買い取られた後、現在見られるような、20世紀中頃のイギリス庭園を代表する庭園に生まれ変わった。1967年よりNational Trustナショナル・トラスト)によって所有・管理されている。


The Sissinghurst castle garden is said to be one of the best gardens in England. It is in the ruin of an Elizabethan house, set in the middle of its own woods, streams and 400 acres of farmland. Sissinghurst was one of the first large houses built of brick in Kent, but only the service range and the central tower survived today.

During the early middle ages a stone manor house surrounded by a moat was built on the land. It was replaced by a new brick manor house in the 15th century by a new owner, the Baker family. This Elizabethan house was known as one of the most magnificent houses in the Weald. The house was very similar to a French chateau, a large manor house surrounded by an accompanying estate.

After the Baker family collapsed in the 17th century, it was used as a prison camp for French prisoners or war during the Seven Years’ War, a Union Workhouse, and homes for farm labourers. In 1930, the castle was purchased by Harold Nicolson, the writer and diplomat, and Vita Sackville-West, poet, novelist and gardener, who created the garden which is a good example of the English garden of the mid-20th century. In 1967, the National Trust took over the whole estate.

The flowers in the gardens were in full bloom and there were army of people when we went. We could barely walk through each garden ‘room’ with different planting scheme, colour and scent, as people walked slow like a snail and stopped constantly while enjoying those beautiful flowers. But only few people took 1-mile circular walk within this huge estate outside the gardens, and it was really nice. We also love their gift shop with a variety of nice stuffs.

ケント各地で見られるoast(ホップ・麦芽などの乾燥がま)/ An oast with white tops – typical view in Kentish countryside.