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Latitude: 51.4553 / 51°27'19"N
Longitude: 0.5227 / 0°31'21"E
OS Eastings: 575368
OS Northings: 175943
OS Grid: TQ753759
Mapcode National: GBR PNX.LZ9
Mapcode Global: VHJLG.0PP7
Plus Code: 9F32FG4F+43
Entry Name: Inner Ward to Cooling Castle
Listing Date: 21 November 1966
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1085771
English Heritage Legacy ID: 172857
Location: Cooling, Medway, ME3
Civil Parish: Cooling
Traditional County: Kent
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent
Church of England Parish: Cliffe-at-Hoo St Helen
Church of England Diocese: Rochester
TQ 77 NE
Inner ward to Cooling
Inner ward to Cooling Castle. 1381-85, ruined since 1554. Henry Yevele was
engaged as Surveyor with Thomas Wrek and William Sharnhale as masons. Ragstone.
Rectangular enclosure, moated, with round angle-turrets originally machicolated.
Turretted gateway near centre of east wall. 3-bay vaulted undercroft with
quadripartite vaults and chamfered ribs on short wall-shafts. Wall faced
externally at this point in knapped flint with some stone chequer work.
Cooling Castle was the seat of the de Cobham family after 1214 but the
licence to crenellate was only granted in 1381, partly as a defence for the
sea-access to London, commemmorated on a copper plate in the east tower,
formerly on the gate-house, which reads: 'Knouwyth that beth and schul be/
That I am mad in help of the cuntre/ In knowyng of whyche thyng/ Thys is
chartre and wytnessyng.' The Castle was abandoned after Wyatt's rebellion in 1554,
when the family left for Cobham. Cooling Castle is scheduled as an Ancient
Monument. BOE, Kent, I, 239.
Listing NGR: TQ7636776264
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