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Romden Castle, Smarden

Description: Romden Castle

Grade: II
Date Listed: 17 September 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 181231

OS Grid Reference: TQ8966342104
OS Grid Coordinates: 589663, 142104
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1468, 0.7103

Location: Romden Road, Smarden, Kent TN27 8RA

Locality: Smarden
Local Authority: Ashford Borough Council
County: Kent
Country: England
Postcode: TN27 8RA

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Listing Text

Romden Castle
TQ 8942 29/42 17.9.52


This double L-shaped house is of various periods. The walls of the cellars
are probably C13-C14. The tower was built by the Guldeford family in the C16.
In 1586 the building was purchased by the James family, who made additions
to it during the C17. Some of this work survives internally but it has been
refaced and enlarged in the C18. From the James family the house passed by
marriage to the Otway family who retained it until 1786. The main portion
of the exterior dates from their occupation, but the building was once larger,
part being demolished in 1866. Red brick. Tiled roof. Glazing bars intact.
The north-west front is L-shaped. Two storeys and attics. Seven windows,
3 dormers. The first floor of the north-east half of the front is tile-hung.
The south-west half of the front has a parapet and a curved bay of 3 windows
on the ground and first floor. The south-east front is also L-shaped. Seven windows.
The south-west part also has a parapet and curved bay of 3 windows on ground
and first floors. At the south-east corner of the south-east half is a square
tower of 4 storeys, with a 2 storeyed projection to the south-east of this,
having a doorcase with pilasters and curved pediment and a round-headed window
on the first floor above.

Listing NGR: TQ8966342104

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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