Thurnham Castle Gatehouse Ruins

Dave Godden

Maidstone, United Kingdom

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Thurnham Castle Gatehouse Ruins, Thurnham, Kent, UK.

Canon EOS1000D RAW processed using Topaz Adjust in Photoshop CS5 texture from Shadowhouse Creations

Thurnham Castle or Godard’s Castle is situated to the north of the village of Thurnham which is 3 miles north-east of Maidstone, Kent (grid reference TQ808582).

It is a 12th century flint-built castle constructed by Robert de Thurnham in the reign of Henry II on a hill on the edge of the North Downs. One side of the bailey wall still stands 10 foot high and originally it enclosed an area of about a quarter of an acre. There is no visible stonework on the large motte.

The site has been acquired by Kent County Council and included in the White Horse Millennium Wood and Country Park Project. Much of the site has been cleared of undergrowth and public access has been provided.

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