Eynsford Castle

Eynsford Castle History

Eynsford Castle

The Eynsford Castle is a pre-Conquest stone structure, probably part of an 11th-century residence that has been revealed by excavation within the enclosure.

At the time of Domesday, the castle was held by the Archbishop of Canterbury Ralph son of Unspac.

The lower stage of the existing stone curtain wall was built around 1100 by Ralph’s son William de Eynsford I.

Eynsford Castle

An early 12th-century hall and solar were built on the northeast half and the curtain wall was heightened. The hall was reconstructed after a fire in the mid-13th century but the castle was not inhabited for long. The castle was dismantled in 1312.

Eynsford Castle passed through the hands of a number of families including the Criols; the Zouches; the Harts of Lullingstone and the Dyke family and during the 16th century, a new house was built on the land.

Eynsford Castle

The castle continued to decay and by 1797 only ruins remained of the castle. In 1948 the ruins passed to the nation and it is now in the hands of the English Heritage.

Eynsford Castle Visitor Info

Eynsford Castle is open for visits and access is free. For more information about the opening hours visit the official website.

Eynsford Castle Location

Eynsford Castle is located at the following Address: High Street, Eynsford, Dartford DA4, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided below:

Eynsford Castle Map

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