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Chilham Castle Keep and Donkey Wheel

A Grade I Listed Building in Chilham, Kent

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Latitude: 51.2429 / 51°14'34"N

Longitude: 0.9591 / 0°57'32"E

OS Eastings: 606635

OS Northings: 153464

OS Grid: TR066534

Mapcode National: GBR SX5.38V

Mapcode Global: VHKK9.K1X0

Plus Code: 9F326XV5+5J

Entry Name: Chilham Castle Keep and Donkey Wheel

Listing Date: 13 October 1952

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1185170

English Heritage Legacy ID: 181416

Location: Chilham, Ashford, Kent, CT4

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Chilham

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

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TR 0653-0753

Chilham Castle Keep and Donkey Wheel


Castle keep and curtain walls. C11 and 1171-1174 by Ralph, master mason, for Henry II; restored early C20.

Flint with Caen stone dressings. Octagonal (the earlier of only two in the country) with square stair turret to east, with garderobes to exterior, three storeys. Remnants of forebuilding on south west wall of C11, an unfortified stone hall. Only one original opening survives, a window facing south east. Flint and buttressed curtain wall about 15 feet high, attached to the east side of the keep. Restored early C20, now domestic accommodation and for a time tenanted by artists Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon. Donkey wheel, C18, timber framed shelter with plain tile roof. Horizontal wheel in poor condition.

Listing NGR: TR0662853467

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