Photographer's Note

This is the former moated castle Lede near the village Vilich, today a quarter of Bonn.

At first it was a Romanic fortified residential tower, erected in the 12th century. In 1360 a knight named Johann Schillinck obtained the ownership and enlarged it to a Gothic castle. He was a magistrate of the archbishop and elector of Cologne and he renounced payment in kind - wine from Ahr river - in favour of an annuity which made possible both the acquisition and the maintenance of the castle. In the course of the centuries the castle was destroyed and rebuilt and it changed hands several times.
After World War II castle Lede was headquarters of the British commander and later on foreign minister, Lord Carrington. Today the castle is privately owned and one can hire its rooms for festivities.

In the workshop you can see the coachman's and gate house.

Using the map view function at the left you can zoom in (please click at "satellite" and +) exactly to the castle. This aerial view is rather sharp.

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