Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

WESTENHANGER CASTLE


WESTENHANGER CASTLE
Photo Charles Taylor

It dates back to the 12th century when the moat was probably dug out. It was rebuilt in 1343 with tall outer walls and 8 towers, of which 2 still stand to full height including the north east tower which is now a dovecote. The central south tower and most of the south wall have collapsed. It was enlarged over the centuries with additional buildings up against the outer walls and in the 17th century a large manor house was built, one of the largest in Kent, This was demolished in 1701 and the castle allowed to gradually deteriorate, but in the 18th century a new manor house was built.


Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor

 

Directions
In the grounds of Folkestone Racecourse, near J11 of M20
Stone Street, Westenhanger, Hythe, Kent CT21 4HX

 



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