Preliminary reconstruction of Kenilworth Castle

Reconstruction Notes

Although looking at the current state of the reconstruction of Kenilworth Castle it may not seem it, but this is my favourite site in England. Due to its historical links with Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, and the Barons' War, this is a place very close to my heart. I have tentatively begun laying out some of the basic structures for this site but I have proceeded no further since I feel the ground plans I currently have available are not of sufficient quality really to do justice to this once proud fortress.

The development of the site of Kenilworth is very complex and will require several versions of the model to be reconstructed. Much of what is now visible to the casual visitor is late-Tudor modification. Only the Keep remains in a state approaching that of the 13the century. The water defences that protected the garrison of Kenilworth from seige by the Royalist forces after the Battle of Evesham in 1265 are no longer present. However there are several research papers that will help with this mammoth task.

Joseph A. Fox

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Heritage Images

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