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Ruins of Barbicans and Dam at Leeds Castle, Broomfield and Kingswood

Description: Ruins of Barbicans and Dam at Leeds Castle

Grade: I
Date Listed: 18 December 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 174019

OS Grid Reference: TQ8354153193
OS Grid Coordinates: 583541, 153193
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2484, 0.6285

Location: Broomfield, Kent ME17 1PL

Locality: Broomfield and Kingswood
Local Authority: Maidstone Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: ME17 1PL

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Listing Text

BROOMFIELD Ruins of Barbicans
TQ 85 SW and Dam at Leeds
2/1 Castle

Partly in Leeds civil parish. Triple barbican. Ruins of 2 of
the island barbicans with incorporated mill survive, with dam to
south-east. Probably early-to-mid C13. Mill repaired 1298-9.
Stone. Irregular height. Outer barbican: rectangular, aligned
north-south, with curved south-west corner, and incorporating
ruins of former mill within north-west corner. Connected to dam
by stone wall with small arch. Causeway to north. Pointed
arched stone bridge with parapet, formerly a drawbridge, linking
to inner barbican. Inner barbican: roughly rectangular, parallel
to east of outer barbican, with deep room, possibly a guard room,
immediately to south of bridge. Linked to larger island of
castle to east by stone bridge, formerly a drawbridge, and to
broad causeways to south-east and south-west. South end of
west wall turns south-west to form one wall of south-west
causeway or dam.
Various window openings and loop lights. North gateway to outer
barbican with depressed-pointed arch and portcullis groove. Inner
barbican has similar gateway to bridge between barbicans, and
one jamb of gateway to former south-west bridge and causeway.
See also Leeds Castle [Item 2/2].

Listing NGR: TQ8184352984

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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