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Did Kit Marlowe visit or stay at
Powys Castle (or Powis Castle) in Wales,
after the Deptford incident at Eleanor Bull's house?







Powys/Powis Castle


was the home of the


Herbert family...

in Kit Marlowe's lifetime,
this was the brother
(Edward Herbert I think)
of the Earl of Pembroke,
Henry Herbert.


note,
that Sir Edward Herbert
of Powys Castle
was married to

Mary Stanley

whose family included

Ferdinando, Lord Strange
of Lord Strange's Men

and,
Lord Derby

often seen as
one of a group
in the Shakespeare
"conspiracy"...or mystery.


It should be noticed that
Powys Castle
is near to
Whitney-on-Wye...

to which I already
suspect
Kit was a visitor,
following on from
the events at Deptford,

at the house of
Eleanor Bull,
a WHITNEY
before her marriage.


Note that the WHITNEYS and HERBERTS
were several times intermarried!

I shall try to find the details,
and write them here.

Also, Blanche Parry's aunt
(Blanche, the Queen's confidante)
married both a WHITNEY
and a HERBERT.

All the more likely, therefore,
that a visit to Whitney-on-Wye
would be followed by one to
Powys Castle.


It is still there...


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(quote)

1.

"He returned with Edward I's victorious army in the first Welsh campaign of 1277, and subsequently held his regained lands from the English crown. He was succeeded in 1286 by his son Owain, better known as Baron de la Pole.

The lordship passed via Owain's daughter Hawys to the Cherleton family, and in 1578 came into the hands of Sir Edward Herbert, in whose family it has remained.

The castle Sir Edward took over was probably in serious need of repair and modernisation, and he undertook extensive work between 1587 and 1595, of which only the long gallery survives. His wife Mary brought Catholicism into the family. The Herberts remained staunchly Royalist during the Civil War, but Powis Castle was captured by Parliamentarian forces under Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1644. It seems to have been garrisoned during the remainder of the war, necessitating extensive rebuilding and refurbishment after the Restoration in 1660."

http://www.castlewales.com/powis.html


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2.

A ghost story about Powys Castle...

Rhys, Ernest, ed. (18591946). The Haunters and the Haunted. 1921.
XIX. Powys Castle Local Records

http://www.bartleby.com/166/19.html


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3.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scripts/nthandbook.dll?ACTION=PROPERTY&PROPERTYID=146

"The world-famous garden, overhung with enormous clipped yews, shelters rare and tender plants. Laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles, the garden retains its original lead statues, an orangery and an aviary on the terraces. In the 18th century an informal woodland wilderness was created on the opposite ridge. Perched on a rock above the garden terraces, the medieval castle contains one of the finest collections in Wales. It was originally built c.1200 by Welsh princes and was subsequently adapted and embellished by generations of Herberts and Clives, who furnished the castle with a wealth of fine paintings and furniture. A beautiful collection of treasures from India is displayed in the Clive Museum."

(unquote)


how I wish I could visit there!


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The fascinating saga of the Whitney family
of Whitney Castle



this is the page featuring Lords Derby and Strange


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with acting companies
and links to the others in the story



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