Leybourne Castle

Kent, England

City/Town/Village: Larkfield
County: Kent
Latitude/Longitude: 51.3043, 0.421133


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

TQ 65 NE
(west side)
Leybourne Castle

- II*

Castle gateway ruin, outbuilding and house. Early C14 and 1925-26. House
related to ruins by Walter Godfrey in free Cotswold vernacular style. GATEWAY:
random rubble stone. Two broad semicircular bastions with a triple-chamfered
depressed arch between with beginnings of opening area. Loop-holes on ground
floor with widish square windows above. Portcullis groove and beginnings of
rib-vault oriel cut in archway. Internally, evidence of upper floors, and
vaulted cupboard in addition to west bastion. Low wall, probably reconstructed
in right-angle to west and south, connecting with 2-storey random rubble gabled
outbuilding, probably also C14 with arched doorway in north gable end and two-
light window arch. HOUSE: Attached to east bastion and stretching to south
East front: Random rubble with stone tiled roof, and hipped gable to left arch
shallow projection. Ridge stack to left and stack to right behind ridge, both
very tall. 2 storeys; 3 bays, irregular with shallow, parapeted, canted bays
at each end. Large 10-light window on ground floor, off-centre to right with
5-light window above. Large projecting gabled chimney breast to left with door-
way, further to left. South side: Hipped to right with centre valley and gabled
end to left with tall projecting stack. 2 storeys; 2 windows to right, 12-light
window below. North front: 2 storeys; irregular fenestration of 5 windows on
1st floor, and 1 for right on ground floor with round-arched doorway to left
with stone surround and brick arch between. Interior: ground floor rooms
panelled. Scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Listing NGR: TQ6858258935

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