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St Leonard's Tower

A Grade I Listed Building in West Malling, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2882 / 51°17'17"N

Longitude: 0.402 / 0°24'7"E

OS Eastings: 567591

OS Northings: 157081

OS Grid: TQ675570

Mapcode National: GBR NPK.0H7

Mapcode Global: VHJM4.XWDB

Entry Name: St Leonard's Tower

Listing Date: 30 November 1993

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1219087

English Heritage Legacy ID: 392446

Location: West Malling, Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, ME19

County: Kent

District: Tonbridge and Malling

Civil Parish: West Malling

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: West Malling St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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Listing Text


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

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