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The Ruins of Old Scotney Castle

A Grade I Listed Building in Lamberhurst, Kent

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Latitude: 51.0915 / 51°5'29"N

Longitude: 0.4115 / 0°24'41"E

OS Eastings: 568968

OS Northings: 135229

OS Grid: TQ689352

Mapcode National: GBR NRW.GTV

Mapcode Global: FRA C6R7.G42

Plus Code: 9F323CR6+HH

Entry Name: The Ruins of Old Scotney Castle

Listing Date: 20 October 1954

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1085287

English Heritage Legacy ID: 170061

Location: Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN3

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Lamberhurst

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Lamberhurst St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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3/224 The Ruins of Old Scotney

Castle, now partly ruinous. 1378, altered C16 and early C17. Sandstone, timber
framing, rendered, and red brick, largely in English bond. Plain tiled roofs. The
ruins lie on the innermost of two islands in the River Teise, and are reached by a
stone causeway, the whole island bordered by red brick and stone walls, all of
which are included in this item. Castle founded by Roger Ashburnham 1378-80, the
principal remnant of this phase is the round machicolated tower, attached to C16
domestic building, with good interior features, especially enriched C17 stair. Ruins
to east of large and ambitious extension of c.1635, and showing advanced, if crude
use of classical motifs and proportions. The castle, and especially the C17 wing,
was carefully partly dismantled by Edward Hussey on the building of his new house
overlooking this site, creating one of the last and greatest picturesque landscaped
gardens. The castle is now in the hands of the National Trust, and is fully
described in their guide book, and in B.O.E. Kent, I, 506-7.

Listing NGR: TQ6896835229

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