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Gravel Castle

In the civil parish of Barham.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of Kent.
1974 county of Kent.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TR21254976
Latitude 51.20419° Longitude 1.16598°

Gravel Castle has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


Shown as castle on OS map but no evidence obvious on extensively ploughed ground. (Guy 1980)

I can't find any feature at this reference on the 1877 6" OS map, other than the Gravel Castle place-name (i.e. Not marked as an antiquity nor closely placed), which seems to refer to a hamlet SE of Barham Church. There are a considerable number of barrows in the area but no record of such a feature in PastScape for this location. Nothing in Hasted, Edward, 1800 (2edn), A History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent Vol. 9 record for Barham Parish reads like this and the site can not be identified with the several manors in the parish. The question of the origin of the place-name remains unanswered. If originally a barrow why should this particular barrow be called 'castle' when others nearby are not. There are Roman finds in the area but no evidence of a Roman fort here. However, the site is not far from the church and this appears to have been an important area for the early Anglo-Saxons so some status may have remained for the area. Map reference for crossroads at centre of hamlet.
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