TQ8149 : Sutton Valence Castle on its mound

taken 5 years ago, near to Sutton Valence, Kent, Great Britain

Sutton Valence Castle on its mound
Sutton Valence Castle on its mound
Sutton Valence Castle was probably built by the Count of Aumale, Baldwin de Bethune in the middle of the 12th century and was used as a residence for over 150 years. In 1238 it came to Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester and leader of the baronial rebellion against Henry III. He was killed at the Battle of Evesham in 1265 and his estates were confiscated by the Crown. Henry III then conferred the castle on his half-brother William de Valence as a reward for his support during the rebellion, and the village of Sutton, or 'South Town, became known as Sutton Valence. The castle occupies a strong position overlooking the Maidstone to Winchelsea road and the Kentish Weald. The castle occupied a much larger area than today. The main survival is the Great Tower the edge of which is seen here. This was built about 1200 and was at least three storeys high. The ground floor was probably used as a storeroom, and external stone stairs led to the main entrance on the first floor. The first floor room was probably for public business, with withdrawing chambers and storage space for treasures and documents in the chambers above it.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Derelict, Disused  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8153 4910 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:12.7349N 0:35.8576E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8152 4911
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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