Stockbury Castle

Stockbury Castle

Originally part of a holding of Bishop Odo of Bayeux and on its forfeiture passed to the Aubervilles. Eventually it came into the hands of Nicholas de Criol in the 13th century.

Stockbury Castle is a ringwork with attached semi-circular bailey on. The circular ringwork is roughly half complete, the northern half of the earthworks being levelled with the expansion of the farmhouse and yard.

The surviving ditch and bank are well defined with the bank about 10 feet high above the fill of the ditch. Within the southern half is a shapeless low mass of flintwork with the suggestion of an internal angle. This is the only visible fragment of an early masonry structure.

The farmhouse appears to be a truncated three-storey house of the late-17th century. To the south-east of the ringwork, the earthworks of the bailey survive well with the rampart up 5ft high internally. There is an entrance on the eastern side and the parish church lies outside the enclosure to the north-east.

Further east and lower down the slope is a man-made scarp which might belong to an outer enclosure which might have included the church.

Stockbury Castle Location

Stockbury Castle is located in the town of Stockbury, in Kent. There are earthwork remains of the castle only.

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