Lympne Castle

Lympne Castle

Lympne Castle History

Overlooking Romney Marsh, Lympne Castle is built on the same site as Port Lemanis, or Stutfall Castle, as it became known, the last of the Roman Saxon Shore forts located in Kent.

Originally the sea came up to the walls of Stutfall Castle, but landslides made it unsafe and it was eventually abandoned. It has long since collapsed and tumbled down the hillside.

Lympne Castle 1830

Stones from the collapsed castle were used to build an abbey and church during earlier medieval times and it was the abbey lodgings that became the basis of the late 11th-century semi-fortified archdeacon’s house, which was at one time occupied by Thomas Becket.

During the Tudor period the property was rented as a farmhouse, and later sold in 1860, from which time it was left to decay. It was purchased in 1905 by Sir Robert Lorimer, who carried out major restoration when he incorporated the castle into modern buildings providing a private residence.

During World War II, it was used as a watchtower, taking the use of the site in full circle.

The Lympne Castle is not open for visits as it is private property.

Stutfall Castle next to the Lympne Castle

Lympne Castle Location

Lympne Castle is located at the following address: The Street, Lympne, Kent CT21 4LQ, United Kingdom. Get help with directions using the map provided below:

Lympne Castle Map

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