Tonbridge Castle

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Visit Tonbridge Castle

A little history first:

After the Norman Occupation, Richard Fitz Gilbert was granted land in Kent to guard the going across of the River Medway. He erected an easy Motte-and-bailey castle on the website. To dig the moat and also erect the motte 50,000 tonnes of planet were relocated. In 1088, the de Clare family members (offspring of Fitz Gilbert) rebelled against King William II. His army besieged the castle.

After holding for two days the castle dropped and also as penalty the king had both the castle and also the town of Tonbridge shed to the ground. Prior to 1100, the de Clares changed the wood castle with a stone covering keep. This was strengthened throughout the thirteenth century, and in 1295 a stone wall was constructed around the town.

Tonbridge Castle

The twin-towered lodge was constructed by Richard de Clare, third Earl of Hertford or his kid Gilbert. Building and construction of the gatehouse took thirty years, being completed in 1260. The gatehouse shares numerous similarities with the ones at Caerphilly Castle constructed by Gilbert in 1268-1271. The fantastic seal of England was temporarily maintained right here throughout among Edward I’s brows through to France.

The castle was not lived in between 1521 and the late 18th century, with the exception of a short period throughout the civil battle. The mansion was added in 1793. Both castle as well as manor are Grade I listed structures.

The site was bought by the council in 1900, that now use the manor as offices, and that made the premises a public park. Tonbridge castle is also the beginning of a 6-mile cycle ride to Penshurst Area called The Tudor Route.

Also check out tudor trail

Its a great day out so why not give it a visit