Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Scotney Castle & Garden, Kent, South-East England
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Ightham Mote, Kent, South-East England
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Knole House, Kent, South-East England
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Castles, Forts & Towers of Kent

(Cent or Centlond)
Organisation colours:      NT      EH      HHA      Council, or privately owned     
  • Chiddingstone Castle, (intact)

    Chiddingstone Castle, Kent, South-East England

    Castle

    of the River Medway.

    The castle itself dates from the early 19th century, but incorporates elements of earlier buildings on the same site. Since 1977, the castle and its 35 acres (14 ha) of grounds have been held in trust for the nation by the Denys Eyre Bower Bequest and both are open to the public.

    South-East England - Kent, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge

    Chiddingstone Castle is situated in the village of Chiddingstone, near Edenbridge, Kent, England, 35 miles south of London and in the upper valley of the River Medway.

    The castle itself dates from the early 19th century, but incorporates elements of earlier buildings on the same site. Since 1977, the castle and its 35 acres (14 ha) of grounds have been held in trust for the nation by the Denys Eyre Bower Bequest and both are open to the public.


     


  • Deal Castle - (EH), (intact)

    Deal Castle, Kent, South-East England

    Castle

    Deal Castle is a 16th-century coastal artillery fort, located in Deal, Kent, England.

    South-East England - Kent, Deal

    Deal Castle is a 16th-century coastal artillery fort, located in Deal, Kent, England.

    It is one of the most impressive of the Device Forts or Henrician Castles built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion, brought about by the alliance between Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and King Francis I of France in 1538. Deal Castle and its smaller neighbours, Walmer and Sandown, were intended to dominate the Downs, a sheltered area of water in the English Channel protected by the Goodwin Sands, which would have been an ideal rallying point for any invasion fleet.



     


  • Dover Castle - (EH), (intact)

    Dover Castle, Kent, South-East England

    Castle

    Dover Castle is a medieval castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Kent.

    South-East England - Kent, Dover

    Dover Castle is a medieval castle in the town of the same name in the English county of Kent.

    It was founded in the 12th century and has been described as the "Key to England", due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

    The site may have been fortified with earthworks in the Iron Age or earlier, before the Romans invaded in AD43. This is suggested on the basis of the unusual pattern of the earthworks, which does not seem to be a perfect fit for the medieval castle. Excavations have provided evidence of Iron Age occupation within the locality of the castle, but it is not certain whether this is associated with the hillfort. There have also been excavations on the mound, on which the church and Roman Pharos are situated.



     


  • Dymchurch Martello Towers - (EH)

    Dymchurch Martello Tower, Kent, South-East England

    Tower

    most have since fallen into the sea or become dilapidated. Tower 23 was restored externally in the early 1970s and is currently a private residence. Tower 24 has undergone renovation and using Tower 23 used as a guide: in 1969 it became the first Martello tower to be opened to the public and remains as a museum of Martello Towers, owned by English Heritage. Tower 25 is possibly the only empty tower that is regularly maintained

    South-East England - Kent, Romney Marsh

    Dymchurch Martello Towers

    Several Martello towers were built in the nineteenth century as part of an Empire-wide coastal-defence programme: most have since fallen into the sea or become dilapidated. Tower 23 was restored externally in the early 1970s and is currently a private residence. Tower 24 has undergone renovation and using Tower 23 used as a guide: in 1969 it became the first Martello tower to be opened to the public and remains as a museum of Martello Towers, owned by English Heritage. Tower 25 is possibly the only empty tower that is regularly maintained



     


  • Eynsford Castle - (EH), (ruins)

    Eynsford Castle, Kent, South-East England

    Castle

    Eynsford Castle is a Norman stone castle in the English county of Kent, within the civil parish bounds of the village of Eynsford.

    South-East England - Kent, Eynsford, Dartford

    Eynsford Castle is a Norman stone castle in the English county of Kent, within the civil parish bounds of the village of Eynsford.

    It is largely non-rebuilt and has seen natural decay but virtually no plunder for building materials. It was historically the manor owning most of the land of the village. Built in 1088 and occupied by local nobility but ransacked in the 14th century, it fell into decay and is now in the care of English Heritage and open to the public. For years, it was used as dog kennels by the Hart-Dyke family of nearby Lullingstone Castle and Manor, who were maternal descendants of courtier Francis Hart.