TQ5846 : The gatehouse from the motte, Tonbridge Castle

near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

The gatehouse from the motte, Tonbridge Castle
The gatehouse from the motte, Tonbridge Castle
The original motte-and-bailey Tonbridge Castle was built by Richard Fitz Gilbert soon after the Norman Conquest to guard the crossing of the River Medway. Before 1100, the de Clares (descendants of Fitz Gilbert) replaced the wooden castle with a stone shell keep. This was reinforced during the thirteenth century, and in 1295 a stone wall was built around the town. The twin towered gatehouse, seen here from the path up the motte, took 30 years to build and was completed in 1260. The site was purchased by the local council in 1900, who now use the mansion on the right as offices. The grounds were made into a public park.
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Monday, 23 April, 2012   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
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Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5897 4659 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7851N 0:16.4286E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5893 4659
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