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Ruins of Barbicans and Dam at Leeds Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Broomfield and Kingswood, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2484 / 51°14'54"N

Longitude: 0.6285 / 0°37'42"E

OS Eastings: 583541

OS Northings: 153193

OS Grid: TQ835531

Mapcode National: GBR QSW.PQF

Mapcode Global: VHJMG.VW4C

Plus Code: 9F326JXH+8C

Entry Name: Ruins of Barbicans and Dam at Leeds Castle

Listing Date: 18 December 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060933

English Heritage Legacy ID: 174019

Location: Broomfield and Kingswood, Maidstone, Kent, ME17

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Broomfield and Kingswood

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Tagged with: Ruins

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BROOMFIELD Ruins of Barbicans
TQ 85 SW and Dam at Leeds
2/1 Castle

Partly in Leeds civil parish. Triple barbican. Ruins of 2 of
the island barbicans with incorporated mill survive, with dam to
south-east. Probably early-to-mid C13. Mill repaired 1298-9.
Stone. Irregular height. Outer barbican: rectangular, aligned
north-south, with curved south-west corner, and incorporating
ruins of former mill within north-west corner. Connected to dam
by stone wall with small arch. Causeway to north. Pointed
arched stone bridge with parapet, formerly a drawbridge, linking
to inner barbican. Inner barbican: roughly rectangular, parallel
to east of outer barbican, with deep room, possibly a guard room,
immediately to south of bridge. Linked to larger island of
castle to east by stone bridge, formerly a drawbridge, and to
broad causeways to south-east and south-west. South end of
west wall turns south-west to form one wall of south-west
causeway or dam.
Various window openings and loop lights. North gateway to outer
barbican with depressed-pointed arch and portcullis groove. Inner
barbican has similar gateway to bridge between barbicans, and
one jamb of gateway to former south-west bridge and causeway.
See also Leeds Castle [Item 2/2].

Listing NGR: TQ8184352984

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