Kingsgate Castle

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Kingsgate Castle looking across Kingsgate Bay. The North Foreland lighthouse is just visible on the right of the photo.
Aerial photograph of Kingsgate Castle

Kingsgate Castle on the cliffs above Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs, Kent, was built for Lord Holland (Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland) in the 1760s as the stable block of his nearby country residence Holland House (his former London residence was renamed with the same name). The name Kingsgate is related to an incidental landing of Charles II on 30 June 1683 (‘gate’ referring to a cliff-gap) though other English monarchs have also used this cove, such as George II in 1748. The building was later the residence of John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury.

Architects obtained complex planning consent in the 1990s for conversion of the castle into 31 flats, aesthetic enhancements and functional changes, built soon afterwards.[1]


  1. ^ Report Application for Listed Building consent for replacement of existing roof to tower, reference number L/TH/12/0657, Thanet District Council. Accessed 2017-01-05.

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Coordinates: 51°22′59″N 1°26′36″E / 51.38306°N 1.44333°E / 51.38306; 1.44333