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Chilham Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Chilham, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.243 / 51°14'34"N

Longitude: 0.9599 / 0°57'35"E

OS Eastings: 606687

OS Northings: 153479

OS Grid: TR066534

Mapcode National: GBR SX5.3G8

Mapcode Global: VHKK9.L09X

Entry Name: Chilham Castle

Listing Date: 13 October 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1071304

English Heritage Legacy ID: 181415

Location: Chilham, Ashford, Kent, CT4

County: Kent

District: Ashford

Civil Parish: Chilham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

TR 0653-0753 CHILHAM

7/43 Chilham Castle
13.10.52
GV I

House. 1616 for Sir Dudley Digges, addtions and alterations by
David Brandon 1861 - 3, and Sir Herbert Baker, 1922. Red brick
and ashlar dressings and plain tile roof. Built as an hexagon
open to the south, with C19 and C20 service wing extending to the
west. Entrance front: 2 storeys and basement, with string courses
to first and second floors and battlements, 3 groups of tall
chimneys; 3 storey corner turrets with ogee cupolas, and central
3 storey gabled porch. Regular fenestration of 4 mullioned
cross-windows, with single lights in the turrets, and curving
oriel (1922) in porch. Oak board doorway in ashlared surround
with flanking pilasters and frieze over inscribed "The Lord
is my House of Defence and my Castle. Dudley Digges, A.D. 1616,
Mary Kempe." The garden and other fronts are of similar design.
Interior: restored panelled hall entered in centre of one long
side, an unusual overmantel. Much linenfold and C18 panelling
elsewhere. Staircase original, of 3 flights, with arcades at
main levels; flights running up open wells, with Tuscan columns
below and Ionic above, with turned balusters. Some important
Bethersden marble chimney pieces in situ. The Banqueting Hall
in the wing by Baker was originally a swimming pool, a copy
of Caligula's baths at Carrara. (See B.O.E. Kent. II, 27405,
and C.L. Vol. 55, 1939).


Listing NGR: TR0669553487

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