Chilham Castle

Kent, England

City/Town/Village: Chilham
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.243, 0.959859


Privately Owned

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Chilham Castle is a Listed Building. Here's what the official description says about it:

TR 0653-0753 CHILHAM

7/43 Chilham Castle

House. 1616 for Sir Dudley Digges, addtions and alterations by
David Brandon 1861 - 3, and Sir Herbert Baker, 1922. Red brick
and ashlar dressings and plain tile roof. Built as an hexagon
open to the south, with C19 and C20 service wing extending to the
west. Entrance front: 2 storeys and basement, with string courses
to first and second floors and battlements, 3 groups of tall
chimneys; 3 storey corner turrets with ogee cupolas, and central
3 storey gabled porch. Regular fenestration of 4 mullioned
cross-windows, with single lights in the turrets, and curving
oriel (1922) in porch. Oak board doorway in ashlared surround
with flanking pilasters and frieze over inscribed "The Lord
is my House of Defence and my Castle. Dudley Digges, A.D. 1616,
Mary Kempe." The garden and other fronts are of similar design.
Interior: restored panelled hall entered in centre of one long
side, an unusual overmantel. Much linenfold and C18 panelling
elsewhere. Staircase original, of 3 flights, with arcades at
main levels; flights running up open wells, with Tuscan columns
below and Ionic above, with turned balusters. Some important
Bethersden marble chimney pieces in situ. The Banqueting Hall
in the wing by Baker was originally a swimming pool, a copy
of Caligula's baths at Carrara. (See B.O.E. Kent. II, 27405,
and C.L. Vol. 55, 1939).

Listing NGR: TR0669553487

Information from British Listed Buildings

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