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The history of Knepp Castle….

Knepp Castle, West Sussex.

When researching the movements of King Richard II, I came upon a reference to Knapp Castle, where he stayed in 1384. Well, it proved awkward to locate at first, but then, when searched for under its correct spelling—Knepp—there it was in West Sussex . A lot of our medieval kings stayed in the original Norman castle (see illustration above).

These days there are only the ruins of the castle, the present incarnation being an early 19th-century Gothic house. There is no royal hunting in the park either, instead it is one large experiment in nature conservation. To read more, go here.

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