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Saltwood Castle is a magnificent medieval Grade I castle, near Hythe in Kent.

The castle is in Saltwood village - which derives its name from the castle - 1 mile (2km) North of Hythe, Kent. Known as the site where the plot was hatched to assassinate Thomas Becket (1118–1170). More recently, it became the home of the art historian Lord Clark of Saltwood (1903–1983), then his son Alan Clark (1928–1999), a minister in Margaret Thatcher's government.
The castle was probably erected on a Roman site, though Bronze Age implements and copper ingots discovered in Hayne's Wood, 1874, show the site had already long been inhabited.
Saltwood Castle was the much loved home of the military historian and diarist, the late Rt. Hon. Alan Clark MP. The grounds of Saltwood Castle are not normally open to the public but a few times a year there is a rare chance to see this romantic, medieval castle.
There is a moat, battlements, a secret garden, peacocks, and this year you can view the Rt. Hon Alan Clark’s classic cars.

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Mrs Jane Clark
Jane is the daughter of Colonel Leslie Brindley Bream Beuttler OBE, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment) and Pamela Rosemary Blake. She married military historian and diarist, The Rt. Hon. Alan Kenneth Mackenzie Clark in 1958.
Saltwood Castle and Gardens are maintained by Jane and her dedicated team of locally sourced staff.
The Castle has regular Charity fund raising events, on open days, and educational and private group tours.
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June 28th 1957
A Royal Visit to Saltwood Castle
Before Crossing the Channel on Saturday morning to unveil the Dunkirk memorial. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother stayed overnight at Saltwood Castle, the residence of Sir Kenneth and Lady Clark.
The Royal car, a Maroon coloured Daimler, swept into the Castle drive, preceded by a police escort 5.40pm. The Queen Mother, wearing Blue with a White hat, acknowledged the greetings the many hundreds of people lining the roadway with her familiar beckoning wave of the hand.
Entry into the Castle grounds was strictly limited by invitation. Members of many local organisations enjoyed the privilege, including Saltwood Women's Institute, Mother's Union and Darby and Joan Club and Hythe British Red Cross Society.
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School Children and Guides
Pupils of Saltwood and Brockhill Schools were there in a body, invitations had also been sent to the 1st and 2nd Companies, Hythe Girl Guides.
Many people found the sloping banks of the Castle moat an admirable vantage point to witness the completion of the Queen Mother's journey, which commenced from Clarence House.
On Saturday morning the Queen Mother left Saltwood for Dover and passed through Cheriton and Folkestone, where many people saw her. At Dover she boarded the destroyer Chieftan to cross to Dunkirk.

Queen Mother's Tulip Tree
During the Queen Mothers visit to Saltwood Castle on June 28th 1957 she planted a Tulip tree. The mature tree can be seen on open days at the Castle.

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Saltwood Castle has a long and turbulent history, but during quieter times The Queen Mother visited to plant a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) which now looks mature beyond its years.
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Queen Mother's Tulip Tree
Liriodendron tulipifera - known as the tulip tree, American tulip tree, tuliptree, tulip poplar, whitewood, fiddle-tree, and yellow poplar — is the Western Hemisphere representative of the two-species genus Liriodendron, and the tallest eastern hardwood.

It is fast-growing, without the common problems of weak wood strength and short lifespan often seen in fast-growing species. The flowers are pale green or yellow (rarely white), with an orange band on the tepals; they yield large quantities of nectar. The tulip tree is the state tree of Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

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This is the spade that the Queen Mother used to plant the Tulip tree within the grounds of Saltwood Castle on 28th June 1957. This spade is on display in the Castle Tea Rooms complete with commemorative plaque.
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A Week with Marylyn Saltwood Castle
Saltwood Castle has been the location for many Movies and TV
"Play School" (1976 - TV BBC documentary, episode "Saltwood Castle, Kent").
"The Tripods" (TV series) The Chateau Ricordeau (series 1, episodes 5-8)
"The Castle of Adventure" (1990 - TV). "Dear Bill: A Tribute to Lord Deedes" (1994 - TV BBC documentary, mentioning Saltwood, his childhood home). "The Real Alan Clark" (2000 - TV documentary). "The Alan Clark Diaries" (2004 - TV series).
"My Week with Marilyn" a 2011 British drama film directed by Simon Curtis and written by Adrian Hodges.

Kenneth Clark

Kenneth Clark was many things in his professional life: scholar, educator, patron, writer, administrator, broadcaster and impresario. In all of these capacities he remained dedicated to his central belief in the vital importance of art for human life.
Kenneth McKenzie Clark, Baron Clark OM CH KCB FBA (13 July 1903 – 21 May 1983) was one of the best-known art historians and aestheticians of his generation, writing a series of books that appealed to a wide public while remaining a serious scholar. In 1969, he achieved international fame as the writer, producer and presenter of the BBC Television series Civilisation, which pioneered television documentary series combining expert personalised narration with lavish photography on location.
Early Career
Greatly influenced by John Ruskin and a protégé of the most influential art critic of the time, Bernard Berenson, Clark quickly became the British art establishment's most respected aesthetician. After a stint as fine art curator at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, in 1933 at the age of 30, Clark was appointed director of the National Gallery. He remains the youngest person ever to hold the post. The following year he also became Surveyor of the King's Pictures, a post he held until 1945. As Director of the National Gallery he oversaw the successful relocation and storage of the collection to avoid the Blitz and continued a programme of concerts and performances.
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The Queen Mother; George VI; Kenneth Clark

Clark was an influential supporter of Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and others, as Chairman of the War Artists' Advisory Committee, he persuaded the government not to conscript artists thus ensuring that Moore and others found work. As Director of The National Gallery he wrote Southampton Art Gallery's acquisitions policy which included "a growing collection of modern oil paintings". He was also an advisor to the Ministry of Information commissioning Dylan Thomas amongst others to write scripts for propaganda films. In 1946 Clark resigned his directorship in order to devote more time to writing. Between 1946 and 1950 he was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford. He was a founding board member and also served as Chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1955 to 1960, and had a major role in the art programme of the 1951 Festival of Britain. In the preface to his book, The Nude: a study of ideal art (1956), Clark wrote, "I soon discovered, that the subject is extremely difficult to handle. There is difficulty of form; a chronological survey would be long and repetitive, but almost every other pattern is unworkable. And there is a difficulty of scope; since Jacob Burckhardt no responsible art historian would have attempted to cover both antique and post-mediaeval art."
In 1953, Clark bought Saltwood Castle in Kent.

Kenneth Clark was created Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1938, and made a Companion of Honour (CH) in 1959. He was appointed to the Order of Merit (OM) in 1976. In 1959, he received the Grand Decoration with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria.
Later life
Clark was chancellor of the University of York from 1967 to 1978 and a trustee of the British Museum. He was awarded a life peerage in 1969, taking the title Baron Clark of Saltwood in the County of Kent (the British satirical magazine Private Eye nicknamed him Lord Clark of Civilisation). In 1972, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Letters) from the University of Bath.

In 1975 he supported the campaign to create a separate Turner Gallery for the Turner Bequest, and in 1980 agreed to open a symposium on Turner at the University of York, of which he had been chancellor, but illness compelled him to back out of that commitment, which Lord Harewood undertook in his place.

His wife Jane died in 1976, and the following year Lord Clark married Nolwen de Janzé-Rice.
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Civilisation: A Personal View by Kenneth Clark - is a television documentary series outlining the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages. The series was produced by the BBC and aired in 1969 on BBC2. Both the television scripts and the accompanying book version were written by art historian Lord Clark (1903–1983), who also presented the series. The series is considered to be a landmark in British Television's broadcasting of the visual arts.
Civilisation was one of the first United Kingdom television documentary series made in colour, commissioned during David Attenborough's controllership of BBC2. For technical reasons, colour television was to come to BBC2 before BBC1 and, as a channel aimed at a more highbrow audience, it was appropriate to commission a major series about the arts. It was Attenborough who prompted the title, but because of time constraints the series only covered Western Civilisation. Clark did not "suppose that anyone could be so obtuse as to think I had forgotten about the great civilisations of the pre-Christian era and the east", though the title continued to worry him.

These 13 episodes are referenced from YouTube - click on the images to view the episode in a lightbox

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