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May 2, 2002

The Newsletter of   Castles of the World Tours
Volume #13


Tour Announcement:
Special Tour for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Feature Story:
Leeds Castles, the most romantic castle in England.

Dreaming of Castles By Toni

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Tour Announcement:

Special Tour for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee

Castles of the World  has secured several spaces on the tour "The Best of Southern England" (GV) departing Sunday May 26. This is an 8 day tour to the South of England and you will also visit Hampton Court Palace and Leeds Castle.

The price is $ 819.00 plus air fare. The post nights in London are $102 per night per person.

The tour coincides with the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations taking place June 1-4 which means you could add up to three post-nights in London and enjoy the 50th anniversary festivities. Information on the celebrations can be found on You'll find a list under Calendar of Event with an advanced search for June 1-4 in London -- starting on about page 9 of the list.

The hotel in London on arrival is the Novotel. Upon return, the hotel is the London Metropole which is centrally located for the festivities.

The tour is a guaranteed departure.

Please book early, since the availability of the hotels is limited.

Please contact Lucy at 1 800 935 2620 for additional information

Feature Story:

Leeds Castle, acclaimed as the most romantic castle in England, is located  in south-east England, built on two adjacent island in the river Len. 

Leeds Castle was originally a manor of the Saxon royal family possibly as early as the reign of Ethelbert IV ( 856-860). The first castle was an earthwork enclosure whose wooden palisade was converted to stone and provided with two towers along the perimeter. This is now vanished. Traces of arches in a vault thought to be Norman were found at the beginning of this century. 

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News:   Dreaming of Castles  By Toni

This trip takes us back in time nearly two hundred years, exhibiting a simpler way of life and more modest methods of construction and  building applications, to the state capitol city of Columbia, South Carolina.  We will explore two neighboring mansions involving a curious twist, with one  never being utilized for its intended private residence use, and both, eventually leading to the housing and education of many students.

The Hampton-Preston Mansion was built in 1818 for Ainsley and Sarah Hall where they lived until 1823 when Wade Hampton I came along and yearned to buy the home for his wife, Mary Cantey Hampton.  The deal was struck for $35,000 and the Hall family moved out (and will be heard from later in this piece).  Back at that time the roads surrounding the property  were dirt, and horses were the mode of transportation, so this was an exceptionally  fancy place to live in.  The Hampton’s had six children, three of which survived to adulthood. Daughter Caroline married John Preston, thus, the reason for the second half of the home’s name. 

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