TQ5846 : Medieval Fair in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle

taken 4 years ago, near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

Medieval Fair in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle
Medieval Fair in the grounds of 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. The motte still exists and has a path to the top. 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 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.

The occasion here was a Medieval Fair in the grounds of the castle, which was taking place at the same time as Dragon Boat Racing on the River Medway below the castle - see LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 14 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  People, Events  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5897 4659 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7851N 0:16.4286E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5898 4654
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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