Westenhanger Castle

Westenhanger Castle

Introduction

Westenhanger Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with a Grade 1 listed house; this reflects both its national and historic importance.

It belongs to a group of early quadrangular castles and manor houses that were strengthened in response to threats of attack from France during the 14th Century.

The Castle is situated conveniently at the junction of the Roman-built Stone Street from Canterbury to Port Lympne and the main route to London. It is close to the stone quarry of Otterpool and a water supply from the East Stour headwater.

Despite the site's undoubted Norman origins there is no evidence to suggest any serious fortifications were actually built until the licence to crenellate was granted to Sir John de Criol by Edward III in 1343. Before this date there probably stood a large hall or palace with perhaps a surrounding moat and possibly a wood palisade. What is certain is that the defensive towers and high curtain wall were not built until around 1400.

Private guided tours

Available for private groups and parties of at least 15 people. Guided by the castle owners or historians, receive a personalised visit to some parts of the castle not usually seen by the general public. Light refreshments can be arranged in advance. Please phone 01227 738223 for more details.

 

Our address is:

WestenhangerCastle and Medieval Barns

Stone Street

Westenhanger

Hythe

Kent

CT21 4HX

 

Tel: 01303 261 068

Fax: 01303 261 389

Email: info@westenhangercastle.co.uk

 

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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015