Tonbridge Castle :: Shared Description

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
by N Chadwick
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TQ5846 : The Motte, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Ruined wall, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : The Bailey, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : The Gatehouse by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Cannon outside Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Ruined keep wall by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : The Bailey, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Garde De Robe, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : The motte, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Garderobes, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : The Motte, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Gate House, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle: the moat by N Chadwick
TQ5946 : Remains of wall at Tonbridge Castle by PAUL FARMER
TQ5946 : Gard de Robes, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Curtain Wall, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle Walls by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Castle Walk by Richard Croft
TQ5846 : Gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle - the bailey by N Chadwick
TQ5846 : View from the Motte by N Chadwick

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Created: Fri, 2 Apr 2010, Updated: Fri, 14 Dec 2012

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