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The Ruins of Old Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst

Description: The Ruins of Old Scotney Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 20 October 1954
English Heritage Building ID: 170061

OS Grid Reference: TQ6896835229
OS Grid Coordinates: 568968, 135229
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0915, 0.4115

Location: Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JN

Locality: Lamberhurst
Local Authority: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN3 8JN

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There is also a scheduled monument, A Quadrangular Castle and 16th/17th Century Manor House Known As Old Scotney Castle, Set in a 19th Century Landscaped Garden, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

TQ 63 NE
3/224 The Ruins of Old Scotney

Castle, now partly ruinous. 1378, altered C16 and early C17. Sandstone, timber
framing, rendered, and red brick, largely in English bond. Plain tiled roofs. The
ruins lie on the innermost of two islands in the River Teise, and are reached by a
stone causeway, the whole island bordered by red brick and stone walls, all of
which are included in this item. Castle founded by Roger Ashburnham 1378-80, the
principal remnant of this phase is the round machicolated tower, attached to C16
domestic building, with good interior features, especially enriched C17 stair. Ruins
to east of large and ambitious extension of c.1635, and showing advanced, if crude
use of classical motifs and proportions. The castle, and especially the C17 wing,
was carefully partly dismantled by Edward Hussey on the building of his new house
overlooking this site, creating one of the last and greatest picturesque landscaped
gardens. The castle is now in the hands of the National Trust, and is fully
described in their guide book, and in B.O.E. Kent, I, 506-7.

Listing NGR: TQ6896835229

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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