TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle motte

taken 7 months ago, near to Tonbridge, Kent, Great Britain

Tonbridge Castle motte
Tonbridge Castle motte
Motte at Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge Castle
Tonbridge Castle is a Motte and Bailey castle. The original castle was built in 1070, soon after the Battle of Hastings, by Richard Fitzgilbert (AKA Richard De Clare). It was originally a wooden structure. The stone fortifications were added in the early 13th century, with an impressive gatehouse being added between 1220 & 1260. The castle is surrounded on three sides by a deep moat & on the fourth by the River Medway. In 1314, the castle was passed on to the Duke of Buckingham. The third Duke was beheaded for treason by Henry VIII and the Castle was taken by the Crown. Most of the castle is in ruins today except the fully intact gatehouse. Its position on a ridge of sandstone by the River Medway allows the castle to dominate the town and protect the ford and later bridging point on the Medway.
The castle is Grade I listed. LinkExternal link
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TQ5846, 1425 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 24 March, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Place (from Tags)
Tonbridge 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5892 4661 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7967N 0:16.3862E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5896 4662
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Castle  Motte  Motte and Bailey Castle 

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