Allington Castle

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Allington Castle
Allington Castle.jpg
Allington Castle from across the River Medway
Allington Castle is located in Kent
Allington Castle
Location within Kent
General information
Town or city Allington
Country England
Coordinates 51°17′36″N 0°30′42″E / 51.293333°N 0.511702°E / 51.293333; 0.511702
Completed 1299

Allington Castle is a stone-built moated castle in Allington, just north of Maidstone, Kent in England.

History[edit]

Allington Castle is a Grade I listed building.[1] Much of the stonework was laid in an intricate herringbone pattern which is still visible today. It was the birthplace in 1503 of the English lyrical poet Sir Thomas Wyatt and in 1521 of his son the rebel leader Thomas Wyatt.

Allington Castle in 1897, before restoration

The manor house on the site was fortified by Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports Stephen de Penchester in 1281 after a licence to crenellate was issued by Edward I. It was converted to a mansion in 1492 when the Wyatt family acquired the property. Towards the end of the 16th century, while under the ownership of the Wyatt family, the castle was badly damaged by fire, remaining largely derelict until 1905 when it was restored by the architects W. D. Caroe and Philip Tilden for Sir Martin Conway.

In 1951 the castle became home to a convent of the Order of Carmelites. It is currently the private residence of the psephologist Sir Robert Worcester and Lady Worcester. It is not open to the public.

In popular culture[edit]

The castle has been used for location filming on several occasions:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ English Heritage. "Allington Castle (1239149)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

Coordinates: 51°17′36″N 0°30′41″E / 51.29340°N 0.51130°E / 51.29340; 0.51130