TQ5846 : Tonbridge Castle, Gatehouse

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

Tonbridge Castle, Gatehouse
Tonbridge Castle, Gatehouse
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, 1732 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Monday, 19 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Boundary, Barrier  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Tonbridge 
Building Type (from Tags)
Castle  Gatehouse 
Former (from Tags)
Castle  Gatehouse 
Primary Subject of Photo
Castle  Gatehouse 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 589 466 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:11.7905N 0:16.4289E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 589 466
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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