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Eastwell Manor

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Estwell

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TR017477
Latitude 51.19152° Longitude 0.88477°

Eastwell Manor has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.

Description

Eastwell Manor and Courtyard Gateways 1843 by William Burn, rebuilt 1926 - 8 by B.C. Deacon. Flint, dressed stone and plain tile roof. An 'E' plan, with extended wings, including remains of C18 house by Joseph Bonomi. ... The remains of the earlier house now form attached walled gardens left. and right. Subsidiary features: in the courtyards to the rear of the house are 2 C16 gateways (formerly separately listed), a round headed stone archway with flanking columns and cartouche over, and, to north, a 4 centred brick arched gateway, castellated, flanked by buttresses and castellated walls. Interior: the house contains many earlier features brough in from elsewhere in C20, including an oriel window in the kitchen court, panelling from Markyate, Hertfordshire, and a C17 staircase, provenance unknown. (Listed building report)

Sir Moyle Finch ... resided at Eastwell-place, which he made very great additions to, and in 1589, obtained the queen's licence to inclose his grounds here, not exceeding one thousand acres, and to turn the highways that might be annoyed by it, and to embattle his house of Estwell. (Hasted)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1589 June 5 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The last known licence to crenellate granted to Sir Moile Finche to crenellate his mansion house at Eastwell in 5 June 1589. The current Eastwell manor in a mainly C19 house and the house has had several periods of rebuilding since 1589 but it is clear from the surviving remains the late C16 house had only decorative crenellations and was not seriously defensible. However, a definition of a fortified manor house is a house granted a licence to crenellate - regardless of the form of the house - so this was a fortified manor house.
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