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Romden Castle

A Grade II Listed Building in Smarden, Kent

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Latitude: 51.1468 / 51°8'48"N

Longitude: 0.7103 / 0°42'36"E

OS Eastings: 589663

OS Northings: 142104

OS Grid: TQ896421

Mapcode National: GBR QVC.0D8

Mapcode Global: VHKKK.8FBQ

Entry Name: Romden Castle

Listing Date: 17 September 1952

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1071387

English Heritage Legacy ID: 181231

Location: Smarden, Ashford, Kent, TN27

County: Kent

District: Ashford

Civil Parish: Smarden

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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Listing Text

Romden Castle
TQ 8942 29/42 17.9.52


This double L-shaped house is of various periods. The walls of the cellars
are probably C13-C14. The tower was built by the Guldeford family in the C16.
In 1586 the building was purchased by the James family, who made additions
to it during the C17. Some of this work survives internally but it has been
refaced and enlarged in the C18. From the James family the house passed by
marriage to the Otway family who retained it until 1786. The main portion
of the exterior dates from their occupation, but the building was once larger,
part being demolished in 1866. Red brick. Tiled roof. Glazing bars intact.
The north-west front is L-shaped. Two storeys and attics. Seven windows,
3 dormers. The first floor of the north-east half of the front is tile-hung.
The south-west half of the front has a parapet and a curved bay of 3 windows
on the ground and first floor. The south-east front is also L-shaped. Seven windows.
The south-west part also has a parapet and curved bay of 3 windows on ground
and first floors. At the south-east corner of the south-east half is a square
tower of 4 storeys, with a 2 storeyed projection to the south-east of this,
having a doorcase with pilasters and curved pediment and a round-headed window
on the first floor above.

Listing NGR: TQ8966342104

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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