Leeds Castle in Kent was built in the 12th Century by a Norman baron during the reign of William the Conqueror’s son Henry I, on an island in the River Len. In 1278, a century and a half later, it came into the possession of Queen Eleanor of Castile, first wife of Edward I. For the next 300 years the castle remained a royal residence, before again becoming a private home. It has been open to the public since 1976 and since then has become one of Kent’s most popular tourist attractions.
The castle was built of Kentish Ragstone, as it is the only hard rock available at shallow depth in the South East, and has been repaired and extended over the centuries. As the only remaining company still quarrying Kentish Ragstone, Gallagher is supplying Kentish Ragstone on an ongoing basis to the Leeds Castle Foundation. With its modern production facility and specialist machines, Gallagher’s masonry department is able to produce stones which match the originals in both detail and design.
Head Office address:
Gallagher Group, Leitrim House, Little Preston
Aylesford, Kent ME20 7NS
Gallagher Aggregates Ltd., Hermitage Quarry
Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9NT