Monday, 28 February 2022
Kenilworth Castle and ancient Graffiti
The reason, we visited was to see and walk where my ancestors had. I had discovered that my Scottish great-great grandmother had only been born in Edinburgh. In fact her family had travelled from Kenilworth, where they had originated from. No mean feat for the early 1800s. The above photograph was taken in the lovely Elizabethan garden showing some of the ruins.
Kenilworth CastleThe castle had apparently lay in ruins from around the 1600's, when it became known as Castle Farm. This gave rise to easy access for many to the ruins themselves. It was a tourist attraction from very early on. With many visitors taking to carving their names in the remaining stone. Some of the names were dated - so here are a few pictures
Most of the letters are worn. But this is just a small sample of the graffiti that covers the brick work around the ruins of the castle. Some dates are very old. Others just a few years ago. And no I haven't seen any with Leeson on dating from the late 1700s to early 1800s.