Description: St Leonard's Tower
Date Listed: 30 November 1993
English Heritage Building ID: 392446
OS Grid Reference: TQ6759157081
OS Grid Coordinates: 567591, 157081
Latitude/Longitude: 51.2882, 0.4020
There is also a scheduled monument, Tower Keep Castle at West Malling, 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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TQ6757 ST LEONARDS STREET
1156-0/2/128 St Leonard's Tower
Former castle, Built by Gundulf Bishop of Rochester 1077-1108
as his fortified residence or castle. It is one of the best
examples extant of an Early Norman Keep. Built of stone with
tufa dressings, 32ft square at the base, 60ft high on its
north and east faces and 70 ft on the 2 other faces, the
difference due to the inclined surface of the rocky shelf on
which it is built. Corner buttresses. 3 stages. The 1st stage
has traces of herringbone-work. Central buttress to left side
elevation. 2nd stage has 5 round-headed arches on the east
side, only the central one open, the rest blank. 2nd stage has
2 round-headed arches to east side and one to south side. West
side has round-headed entrance to ground floor, round-headed
arch to first and second floors and loop lights to buttresses.
North side has 1 round-headed window.
Internal evidence to suggest there were upper and lower
floors, the lower only about 5ft above ground level.
(Buildings of England: Newman J: West Kent and the Weald:
Listing NGR: TQ6759157081
Source: English Heritage
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