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Bodiam Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Bodiam, East Sussex

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Latitude: 51.0025 / 51°0'8"N

Longitude: 0.5435 / 0°32'36"E

OS Eastings: 578554

OS Northings: 125645

OS Grid: TQ785256

Mapcode National: GBR PVK.070

Mapcode Global: FRA D60G.KK4

Plus Code: 9F322G2V+X9

Entry Name: Bodiam Castle

Listing Date: 3 August 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1044134

English Heritage Legacy ID: 292338

Location: Bodiam, Rother, East Sussex, TN32

County: East Sussex

District: Rother

Town: Rother

Civil Parish: Bodiam

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Bodiam St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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This building is an example of the latest period of military architecture of the
Middle Ages. It was built by Sir Edward Dalingridge in the years following 1385,
when he was given a licence to crenellate. The castle is built of sandstone ashlar
quarried at Wadhurst. It takes the form of a hollow court-yard set in a wide moat.
It is of 2 storeys with a castellated parapet over. At the four corners are round
towers of 3 storeys similarly embattled-and with vices containing the stairways.
In the centre of the south, east and west sides are projecting square towers
similarly embattled, the south one with machicolation below the parapet. This
tower contained the postern gate which had a drawbridge across the moat. In the
centre of the north side are two similarly projecting square towers with a recessed
portion between and on each side, and-machicolation over the whole. Four centred
archway with portcullis. This was the main entrance of the- castle and drawbridge
across the moat. Loop windows, some with pointed heads. The hall and kitchen
were on the south side of the internal court-yard, the living rooms on the east
side, but most of the buildings behind the outer walls are now ruinous. The castle
passed by marriage to the Lewknor family in 1470. It was partly dismantled during
the Civil War. It was bought by Lord Curzon in 1917, restored in 1919 and
bequeathed by him to the National Trust in 1925. Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TQ7855425645

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